Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service

A wreath laying to honour the service and sacrifice of First Peoples men and women.

31 May 2024 11:00 am - 31 May 2024 12:00 pm
Second World War Forecourt, Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne, VIC 3001
Free admission
Accessible venue
Child friendly

Please be advised that the following page contains the names, images or objects of deceased people.

This commemoration honours the service of First Peoples men and women, past and present.

First Peoples have served in conflicts and peacekeeping missions involving Australia for more than a century. This is despite the fact that First Peoples were not allowed to enlist until the Second World War and their service was not recognised for many years.

This all changed in 2006, when Indigenous elder the late Aunty Dot Peters AM and retired RAAF Flight Sergeant Sam Halim - then president of Healesville RSL Sub-Branch - held the first Remembrance Service to honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island soldiers.

The Service is now an annual Victorian event held during National Reconciliation Week.

You can discover fascinating stories in our exhibition For Kin and Country, currently on display in the Galleries.

Reviewed 04 July 2023

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