Schools are welcome to lay wreaths at these services. After the service, schools are invited to visit the Galleries for a brief guided tour.
Bookings are essential and become available closer to the dates.
Use this lesson plan to prepare your students for meaningful participation in commemorative services:
Shrine Monthly Memorial Service (4th Thursday of every month)
These services occur once a month on a Thursday. The services commence at 11.30am and run for approximately 30 minutes.
Different wartime events are commemorated each month.
Schools are invited to bring and lay a wreath or floral tribute (one wreath per school, laid by two students.)
A volunteer guide will introduce students to:
- the story of the historical event being commemorated for the month
- the symbolism and ritual of a Shrine Memorial Service
Legacy Student Day (April)
This is an is an annual service for students to honour Australia’s brave service men and women through the eyes of the young.
The service features student guest speakers, school bands and choirs along with attendance by the Defence Force cadets.
Proudly supported by Melbourne Legacy’s patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria along with dignitaries and a RAAF fly-over.
Secondary and primary school children are invited to lay wreaths and display their school banners as part of the service.
Battle for Australia Service (September)
The Pacific War began on 7 December 1941 when the Japanese launched military action throughout the region. Australian forces were soon involved in the fighting, participating in key events including:
- the fall of Singapore
- the bombing of Darwin
- the Kokoda Track campaign
- the Battle of Milne Bay
The Battle for Australia commemoration service remembers the men and women who served in these and other wartime events from 1942 to 1945.
State Remembrance Day Service (11 November)
The Shrine invites teachers and students to attend and take part in a minute of silence to remember and reflect on all wars.
Reviewed 18 June 2021