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  • Ceremony: RAN Recruits February 2020

    Sunday 2 February 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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  • Ceremony: 2/21 Battalion Gull Force 2020

    Sunday 2 February 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The 2/21 Infantry Battalion, part of 23 Brigade of 8 Division, began assembling at Trawool in central Victoria on 11 July 1940.

    Approximately half the recruits were from Melbourne and the rest from rural Victoria. Training was conducted at Trawool until 23 September when the battalion began to move to Bonegilla, near Wodonga on the New South Wales-Victoria border. It made the 235km journey on foot, arriving on 4 October. Training resumed and occupied the battalion until it commenced another move on 23 March 1941 for Darwin in the Northern Territory. It had been earmarked to reinforce Dutch troops on the island of Ambon in the event of a Japanese attack. Although military sense dictated the battalion should be deployed as early as possible, to prepare defences and train in the conditions in which it would fight, it was thought a premature deployment may provoke Japanese action. Thus, the battalion would be held in Darwin until Japan's intentions were clear. 

  • Ceremony: 4th Light Horse Association 2020

    Sunday 2 February 2020, 02:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The 4th Light Horse Regiment was formed as the divisional cavalry regiment for the 1st Australian Division on 11 August 1914. Belying traditional stereotypes, over 20 percent of the original regiment were city dwellers from Melbourne. The regiment sailed from Melbourne on 19 October 1914 and disembarked in Egypt on 10 December. 

  • Ceremony: Last Post Service February 2020

    Sunday 2 February 2020, 04:30pm

    Wreath Laying and Flag Lowering on the Forecourt
    The Service will be conducted by Shrine Representatives and the Shrine Guard

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    • The Shrine is a memorial to honour the service and sacrifice of Victorians and Australians in war, conflict, peacekeeping and peacemaking.
    • At the week’s close we pause to remember those who have served and sacrificed. We remember them today as we have always remembered them—now and forever.
    • The Shrine stands for remembering, today and every day, that service and sacrifice are fundamental and relevant in creating, maintaining and protecting our national values and way of life.
    • Service and sacrifice are ongoing and continuous as is our commemoration of it.
    • Here all service is equal, and all are welcome.
    • By attending you are taking part in commemoration of service and sacrifice and we thank you.

  • Ceremony: National Servicemen's Association 2020

    Sunday 9 February 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Gallery

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    Compulsory military training for the nation's young men was reintroduced in 1951 by the Liberal Government. It was the third such scheme to have existed in Australia since Federation. Eighteen-year-old men were required to partake in the National Service scheme, which meant that they had to undertake 176 days of military training. Those who elected to undertake their training in the army could break up their training requirements into two periods, 98 days in the regular army and 78 days in the Citizen Military Forces (CMF). Those who elected to undertake their training with the RAN or the RAAF had to complete their 176 days in one stretch. The scheme was criticised as being irrelevant to modern defence needs, where skill was becoming more important than numbers, and for being a drain on the regular army's finances and manpower. In 1959 the shceme was abolished. 

  • Ceremony: Royal Australian Armoured Corps Association 2020

    Sunday 9 February 2020, 02:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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    The Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) is a combat arm with a range of capabilities that can be employed by the army. RAAC units are able to participate in a range of operations including direct attacks, reconnaissance, and armoured mobility to infantry. Units of the RAAC are equipped with the Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT) family of vehicles or the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) and Bushmaster (PMV) family of vehicles.