Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service

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

31 May 2023 11:00 am - 31 May 2023 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 every conflict and peacekeeping mission 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 for many years, their service was not recognised.

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 ever Remembrance Service to honour the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Soldiers.

Reviewed 17 January 2023

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