What's On

  • Ceremony: Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) incorporating the Friends of the Odd Bods Association 2020

    Friday 8 May 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    A wreath will be laid at the Shrine for your Association on 08 May at 11:00 am, your members will be able to join us via our livestream

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    The RSL will hold a State Remembrance Service, in conjunction with the Friends of the Odd Bods Association, at the Shrine of Remembrance on Friday, 8th May 2020 to commemorate the Second World War Victory in Europe.

    On 7th May 1945, German High Command authorised the signing of an unconditional surrender on all fronts, just a week after the death of Adolf Hitler: the war in Europe was over. The surrender was to take effect at midnight on 8-9th May 1945, with 8th May being declared VE (Victory in Europe) Day. 

    Australians joined wholeheartedly in the celebrations, with Australian prisoners of war in European camps liberated and Australian sailors and aircrew beginning to return home. But the celebration was tempered by the knowledge that the war in the Pacific was still to be won, and the mood across the country remaind sombre. Churches held thanksgiving services and on 9th May, 100,000 people attended the service at the Shrine of Remembrance. 

    The service marks the RSL's recognition of this important day in our history. It is expected that the service will attract people of all ages and has special meaning to those who lost relatives and loved ones during that war.

  • Ceremony: Last Post Service May 2020

    Sunday 10 May 2020, 04:30pm

    The Last Post service has been postponed and will resume after the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted

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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: 2/3 Australian Pioneer Battalion Association 2020

    Tuesday 12 May 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    A wreath will be laid at the Shrine for your Association on 12 May at 11:00 am, your members will be able to join us via our livestream.

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    The 2/3rd Pioneer Battalion was a pioneer battalion of the Australian Army, which served during World War II. Formed in 1940, the battalion served in the Middle East where it fought in Syria and Palestine before taking part in the fighting around El Alamein. In 1943, the battalion returned to Australia and subsequently took part in the fighting against the Japanese in New Guinea in 1943–1944. Their final campaign came in mid-1945, when they took part in the Battle of Tarakan during the Borneo campaign. The battalion was disbanded in early 1946.
  • Ceremony: Last Post Service May 2020

    Sunday 17 May 2020, 04:30pm

    The Last Post service has been postponed and will resume after the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted

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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: Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - May 2020

    Thursday 21 May 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    A wreath will be laid at the Shrine for your Association on 21 May at 11:00 am, your members will be able to join us via our livestream.

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    The Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service honours Victorian servicemen and women from all branches of the Armed Forces. In particular, we remember Victorians who served during the First and Second World Wars who once would have attended their annual Pilgrimage in this month, but due to the passage of time are no longer able to. 

    In World War I, 89,000 Victorians served overseas. 19,000 made the supreme sacrifice.
    In World War II, 297,000 Victorians served overseas. 10,900 made the supreme sacrifice. 

    We will remember them. 

  • Ceremony: Battle of Crete and Greece service on Behalf of the Creatan Federation of Australia & New Zealand

    Sunday 24 May 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath laying in the Sanctuary

    A wreath will be laid at the Shrine for your Association on 24 May at 11:00 am, your members will be able to join us via our livestream.

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    A wreath laying service in remembrance of the men and women from Australia and Greece that fought and fell in the Battle of Crete in May 1941.