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  • Ceremony: HMAS Castlemaine with Tecoma Primary School 2020

    Friday 1 May 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    A wreath will be laid at the Shrine for your Association on 01 May at 11:00 am, your members will be able to join us via our livestream

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    The HMAS Castelmaine is a Second World War Corvette with Battle Honours including Darwin, the Pacific and New Guinea. Following decomission into reserve as a training ship, she has been preserved as a museum ship since 1973, berthed in Williamstown, Victoria.

    The HMAS Castlemaine service will be supported by students and staff of Tecoma Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • Ceremony: The Battle of Coral Sea Commemoration Service 2020

    Sunday 3 May 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    A wreath will be laid at the Shrine for your Association on 03 May at 11:00 am, your members will be able to join us via our livestream

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    The Battle of the Coral sea was a major naval battle fought from 4–8 May 1942, between the Imperial Japanese Navy and naval and air forces from the United States and Australia, took place in the Pacific theatre of World War II. This service is attended by the Australian American Association (VIC), the American Ex-Serviceman's Association and the Naval Commemoration Committee.

  • Ceremony: WRAAC Association including AWAS Service 2020

    Sunday 3 May 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    A wreath will be laid at the Shrine for your Association on 03 May at 11:00 am, your members will be able to join us via our livestream

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    The Women's Royal Australian Army Corp (WRAAC) was established on 12 February 1951 to cover a manpower shortage due to the Korean War and national service. Previously women had served in the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) during the Second World War from August 1941 until June 1947. The WRAAC Reserve Association (Victoria) was founded in August 1976 with the desire to promote social functions for former members of 8/3 WRAAC Company. In November 2007 the name was changed to WRAAC Association (Victoria) Inc. Women who have or are serving in the Australian Military Forces may join the association to participate in social events, ceremonies and comradeship. 

  • Ceremony: Last Post Service May 2020

    Sunday 3 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: World War 2 Veterans of the Ex-Soviet Union

    Thursday 7 May 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    A wreath will be laid at the Shrine for your Association on 07 May at 11:00 am, your members will be able to join us via our livestream

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    Established in 1982 and based in Melbourne, Australia, Victorian Association of WW2 Veterans from the ex-Soviet Union (AVWSU) is a not for profit Australian charity. Its primary purpose is to provide support for those involved in military action, and others impacted by this tragic event directly or not. Only two weeks ago, together with our fellow Australians, we commemorated ANZAC Day. Every year on this day the whole country stands united to pay respect to all of those who made great sacrifices to allow us to live the lives we have with all the freedoms we are blessed to enjoy. We promise to remember them in our thoughts and prayers. This week we’ll commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in Europe. Populations of countries and continents suffered during WW2. Lives were lost, and economies collapsed. Our generation now must remember and be proud of those who made the ultimate sacrifices to bring the Victory for all of us to enjoy the freedom and lives we are so lucky to have. In collaboration with the Shrine of Remembrance and with the support of Victorian Government, AVWSU has established a memorial at the Shrine. This memorial commemorates those Victorians who come to Australia from the ex-Soviet Union and who were involved with the WW2. Anyone can now come to the Shrine of Remembrance and pay their respect to those who sacrificed a lot to allow us to live lives we have now. Annual service at this location is established and will place every year on 7/05. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, the service will be conducted in a different format. A wreath will be laid at the Shrine for the Veterans Association on 07 May at 11:00 am, and participants will be able to join the ceremony via live stream. As already noted by others, these change of format does not change the meaning, and it does not diminish the significance of this commemoration; nor does it reduce the amount of gratitude we pay to the veterans who severed to protect our freedom. Lest we forget.

  • Ceremony: 6th Battalion Association - Krithia Day 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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    Aimed at capturing the heights of Achi Baba, the second Battle of Krithia was fought between the 6th and 8th of May, 1915, on the Gallipoli peninsula. The Australian 2nd Brigade (5, 6, 7 and 8 Battalions) were released from ANZAC Cove to reinforce the British and French making the assault from Cape Helles. During the ill-fated battle, 6 Battalion suffered casualties of 15 officers and 222 other ranks. This action is commemorated by the 6 Battalion Association each year on 8th May.