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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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    The Shrine Monthly Memorial Service commemorates notable moments, battles and operations from Australia's military history. The wreath laid at this service honours events that have taken place in this month.