What's On

  • Ceremony: Last Post Service August 2020

    Sunday 9 August 2020, 04:30pm

    Wreath Laying and Flag Lowering on the Forecourt
    The Service will be conducted by Shrine Representatives and the Shrine Guard

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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: 75th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP Day) 2020

    Saturday 15 August 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    VP (Victory in the Pacific) Day commemorates Japan's acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender on 14 August 1945. The following day, 15 August, is usually referred to as VP Day, and in 1945 Australian governments gazetted a public holiday as VP Day, with most newspapers referring to it as such. However, the governments of Britain, the United States and New Zealand preferred Victory over Japan or VJ Day. It is not true, as some have claimed, that the day was originally called VJ Day and then surreptiously changed later. 

  • Ceremony: RAN Recruits August 2020

    Sunday 16 August 2020, 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: Maltese Australian Association (Operation Pedestal) 2020

    Sunday 16 August 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Operation Pedestal was a Second World War British operation to carry supplies to the island of Malta via naval convoy (3-15 August 1942). This island fortress was a major base for British attacks against German and Italian forces in North Africa, resulting in an Axis siege from 1940 to 1942. Despite being a tactical defeat for the Allies due to major losses, the critical resupply of aviation fuel made the operation an overall strategic victory, by allowing Malta to continue the fight.

  • Ceremony: Last Post Service August 2020

    Sunday 16 August 2020, 04:30pm

    Wreath Laying and Flag Lowering on the Forecourt
    The Service will be conducted by Shrine Representatives and the Shrine Guard

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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: Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration 2020

    Tuesday 18 August 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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.