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  • Ceremony: Battle for Australia 2020

    Wednesday 2 September 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    All school students are welcome.

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This service honours the courage, sacrifice and service of Australians and their Allies who repulsed Japanese attacks on Australia during the Second World War. These include battles on the Kokoda Trail, Milne Bay, the Coral Sea, and other fiercely fought actions regarding the defence of Australia in 1942 and 1943.

    The RSL and the Battle for Australia Commemoration Committee National Council campaigned for the official commemoration of a series of battles fought in 1942, as having collectively formed a Battle for Australia. In 2008 the Government proclaimed that commemorations would occur annually on the first Wednesday in September. 

  • Ceremony: Merchant Navy Day Wreath Laying 2020

    Thursday 3 September 2020, 02:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Merchant Navy refers to a nation's commercial shipping and crews, making it an essential element of any country's ability to fight a war. Although not a branch of the Armed Forces, the Merchant Navy is often referred to and recognised as the Fourth Service. The Australian Merchant Navy ran the same wartime risks as the Royal Australian Navy, and suffered higher fatality rates than the fighting services in the Second World War. 

  • Ceremony: Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) 2020

    Friday 4 September 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E56

     

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    This service is to commemorate the date in 1964 when the SAS Company was expanded to a regiment.

    The SASR is a Special Forces unit of the Australian Army that provides special operations capabilities in support of the Australian Defence Force. Their roles include: recovery, training assistance to local or Indigenous forces, reconnaissance, precision strikes, counter-terrorist capability, recovery of Australian citizens and humanitarian assistance. They are primarily structured to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance in small teams in enemy controlled territory, while commando units are utilised to conduct raids in larger groups. 

  • Ceremony: 2/33rd Battalion Association 2020

    Sunday 6 September 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Formed in the UK in June 1940 from Australian personnel that had arrived in Britain, the 2/33rd Infantry Battalion would see action in North Africa and the Pacific. Most prominently involved in fighting on the Kokoda Trail, they acted as the rearguard in the final Australian retreat to Imita Ridge before taking part in the pursuit of the Japanese back to the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. 

    The 2/33rd Battalion returned to Port Moresby in late July 1943 in preparation for operations to capture Lae, in New Guinea. On 7 September, while waiting at Jackson's Airfield at Moresby, a fully-loaded Liberator bomber crashed among the trucks carrying the battalion. 59 men were killed and 92 injured - a third of their fatal casualties for the entire war. This tragedy is remembered at this servce, held annually on the second Sunday in September. 

  • Ceremony: Last Post Service September 2020

    Sunday 6 September 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: Battle of Bita Paka (Rabaul 1914) 2020

    Friday 11 September 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force was formed in August 1914 to destroy German wireless stations in the Pacific, which were communicating with the German East Asian Cruiser Squadron. On 11 September 1914, the ANMEF captured the wireless station at Bita Paka after an engagement with German reservists and Melanesian police, making it the first Australian action of the First World War.