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  • Ceremony: 2/33rd Battalion Association 2020

    Sunday 13 September 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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: Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veterans Association 2020

    Monday 14 September 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at the Post 1945 Memorial

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  • Ceremony: Carry On Victoria 2020

    Tuesday 15 September 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree F14

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    Carry On (Victoria) is a philanthropic organisation that has provided welfare assistance to the ex-service community in Victoria since its formation in 1932.

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - September 2020

    Thursday 17 September 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    In the month of September, we commemorate the following events:

    14 September, 1914: Loss of HMA Submarine AE1
    HMA Submarine AE1 was lost without trace off the coast of German New Guinea in the early days of the First World War. After 103 years lost, in December 2017 it was relocated off the coast of the Duke of York Islands, Papua New Guinea.

    September, 1941: Siege of Tobruk, Libya
    A combined Australian/British force, which became known as the 'Rats of Tobruk', spent more than 6 months holding off the forces of the Afrika Korps, preventing them from advancing into Egypt and capturing the vital Suez Canal. They were relieved by fresh British and Polish forces in September 1941. 559 identified Australians are buried in the war cemetery at Tobruk.

    21 September, 1971: Battle of Nui Le
    The last major battle fought by ANZAC troops in Vietnam saw 5 Australians killed and 24 wounded. Australian forces would withdraw from Vietnam in early December having won their battles but losing the war.

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - September 2020

    Sunday 20 September 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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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 supremem sacrifice.

    We will remember them.

  • Ceremony: The Royal Air Forces Association (Battle of Britain) 2020

    Sunday 20 September 2020, 02:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    This service commemorates the Battle of Britain and the Commonwealth contribution to an Allied victory. 

    Between July and October 1940 as a prelude to a German seaborne invasion of Britain, the German Air Force mounted daily attacks on British airfields, radar stations and cities, competing for air superiority and mass civilian damage (The Blitz).

    Pilots from many countries fought in the battle, with 35 Australians among them, of which 10 were killed.