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  • Ceremony: 74th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP Day) 2019

    Thursday 15 August 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED 

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    Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day commemorates Imperial Japan's acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender on 14 August 1945. The following day is usually referred to as VP Day, and in 1945 the  Australian government gazetted a public holiday as VP Day, with most newspapers referring to it as such. The governments of Britain, the United States and New Zealand preferred Victory Over Japan or VJ Day.

  • Exhibition: The Cinderella Service

    Friday 16 August 2019 - Monday 1 January 0001

    Discover the story of 5,000 Australian airmen who undertook gruelling maritime patrols with the Royal Air Force Coastal Command. Battling the German Submarines which threatened to blockade Britain, the men made an essential contribution to the Allied effort during the war's longest continuous campaign, the Battle of the Atlantic. Read More

    Discover the story of 5,000 Australian airmen who undertook gruelling maritime patrols with the Royal Air Force Coastal Command. Battling the German Submarines which threatened to blockade Britain, the men made an essential contribution to the Allied effort during the war's longest continuous campaign, the Battle of the Atlantic.

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  • Ceremony: RAN Recruits August 2019

    Saturday 17 August 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: Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration 2019

    Sunday 18 August 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo 
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED 
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    18 August is the Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan (1966) in which the heavily outnumbered men of D Company, 6 Royal Australian Regiment fought a fierce battle against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in a rubber plantation close to the village of Long Tan. In 1969, veterans of 6RAR installed a memorial cross and held a service at Long Tan to commemorate the battle. Over time this day became synonymous with all those who served and died in Vietnam, and in 1987, Prime Minister Bob Hawke announced that Long Tan Day would be known as Vietnam Veterans Day.

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - August 2019

    Sunday 18 August 2019, 01:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM 
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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

    We will remember them.

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - August 2019

    Thursday 22 August 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

     

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    In the month of August we commemorate the following events:

    19 August 1914: Departure of the AN&MEF
    The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force departed Sydney on 19 August 1914. Its mission was to capture German possessions in the Western Pacific and in German New Guinea. 

    6-17 August 1915: Gallipoli 
    From the 6th to 17th of August 1915, what became known as the August Offensive was conducted in the hills behind ANZAC Beach, and was followed by several days of fighting that resulted in 2,000 ANZAC casualties. The August Offensive created 21,500 casualties in the Allied forces, and ultimately led to the replacement of the commander and to the eventual evacuation. 

    8 August 1916: Mouquet Farm 
    Mouquet Farm, near Pozieres, was the focus of nine separate attacks by Australian troops between 8 August and 3 September 1916. Some 11,000 Australians were killed or wounded in the fighting around Mouquet Farm. 

    13 August 1941: Formation of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS)
    The Australian Women's Army Service was established to release men from certain military duties for service with fighting units. Members of the Australia Women's Army Service served in a variety of roles including as clerks, typists, cooks and drivers. 

    9 August 1942: Loss of HMAS Canberra
    The Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra was lost in action in the Solomon Islands in the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. Of the 819 Australians serving aboard her, 84 lost their lives and 109 were wounded as a result of the battle. In honour of the ship's valour, the United States Navy commissioned the USS Canberra in 1943, and she remains the only US ship to be named after a foreign ship or city.