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  • Ceremony: 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Association 2019

    Sunday 16 June 2019, 02:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED 

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    The annual Shrine Pilgrimage of the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion occurs on the Sunday closest to 17 June, commemorating the date when the battalion went into action at Fort Merdjayoun during the Syrian Campaign of 1941.

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - June 2019

    Thursday 20 June 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    In the month of June we commemorate the following events:

    28 June 1919: Treaty of Versailles
    More than seven months after the Armistice came into effect the Great War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

    6 June 1944: ‘D-Day’
    The Allied invasion of France on June 6 1944 was the largest single amphibious operation in the history of mankind. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen would be involved in the fighting on this day alone. Australian forces were largely involved in the Pacific theatre by this time but RAAF forces attached to the RAF played crucial roles in pre-landing bombings and in providing fighter cover for the landing forces.

    25 June 1950: Outbreak of the Korean War
    The ‘Forgotten War’ breaks out when North Korean forces launch a surprise attack on South Korean and US forces. In the three years of fighting to follow 17,000 Australians in the Army, Navy and Air Force would serve with the United Nations forces defending South Korea, 340 would lose their lives and thousands more would serve in peacekeeping forces as late as 1957.

    May - Jun 1968: Battle of Coral-Balmoral
    The largest, most sustained and arguably most hazardous battles fought by Australian soldiers during the Vietnam War. Units of the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) confronted regimental-sized formations of the North Vietnamese regular army in fierce actions around Fire Support Patrol Bases (FSPB) Coral and Balmoral in what was then known as Bien Hoa province.

  • Ceremony: RAN Recruits June 2019

    Sunday 23 June 2019, 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: Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - June 2019

    Sunday 23 June 2019, 01:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Trustee Roger Clifton JP and Shrine Trustee Nikki Deighton
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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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: HMAS Waterhen 2019

    Sunday 30 June 2019, 02:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    The original HMAS Waterhen was a V Class Destroyer built in England in 1918 and transferred to the RAN in 1933. Along with her sister ships, Waterhen formed the famous “Scrap Iron Flotilla” during the Second World War, serving in an anti-submarine role. Following a dive-bomber attack on 30 June 1941 She was holed and immobilised with no casualties, and after being taken in tow by HMS Defender for a short period She was then lost at sea on 30 June, becoming the first RAN ship to be lost by enemy action during the War.

    The present HMAS Waterhen is a shore establishment located on the shores of Sydney Harbour at Waverton, home to six Huon class Mine Hunter Coastal Vessels and support craft including a Diving Tender, a Torpedo recovery vessel, and two Mine Sweeper Auxiliaries.