A Place for Commemoration

The Shrine of Remembrance hosts more than 150 official commemorative services each year. The majority of these services occur in the Sanctuary, on the Forecourt, or at a Remembrance Tree and its attendant memorial plaque. They are held to remember the service of Australian men and women, particularly Victorians, in times of war and peace.

Tri-service parade (2004)Shrine of Remembrance

Armed services on parade led off by the Shrine Guard, Remembrance Day 2004.

Wreath laying on Remembrance Day (2004)Shrine of Remembrance

Students laying wreaths on Remembrance Day.

Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service (2006)Shrine of Remembrance

Several hundred people attended the first ever service for commemoration at the Shrine to remember the Indigenous Australians who have served in war and peacekeeping.

Vietnam Veterans Day (2006)Shrine of Remembrance

the Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony of 2006.

Ceremony for laying up Light Horse guidons (2005)Shrine of Remembrance

Five Light Horse guidons were presented to the Shrine in August 2005 by the 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse Regiment, the sole remaining Light Horse Regiment in Victoria. A guidon is a swallow-tailed flag carried by light horse and cavalry units.

Service commemorating the Charge at the Nek (2005)Shrine of Remembrance

The 2005 service commemorating the Charge at the Nek.

Shrine Guard (2007)Shrine of Remembrance

Since 1935 the Shrine Guard has carried the responsibility of guarding the Shrine on behalf of generations of Victorians. The Shrine Guard proudly wear the uniforms of the Light Horse Infantry.

Wreath laying (2009)Shrine of Remembrance

There are over 200 trees dedicated as memorials to specific service units on the Shrine Reserve. Many veterans associations conduct their annual pilgrimage and service at their dedicated tree.

Cadets at Anzac Day Commemorative Service (2012)Shrine of Remembrance

Cadets holding the Australian flag at the 2012 Anzac Day (April 25) commemorative service.

The Eternal Flame, Anzac Day Dawn Service (2013)Shrine of Remembrance

The Eternal Flame was lit by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 February 1954. Representing eternal life, the flame has never been extinguished.

Sanctuary and AmbulatoryShrine of Remembrance

The Sanctuary is considered to be the heart of the Shrine. At the centre of the Sanctuary is the Stone of Remembrance. Bearing the inscription GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN, at 11 am on Remembrance Day a ray of light falls upon the word love. This marks the commencement of one minute’s silence.

Stone of Remembrance, Sanctuary (2009)Shrine of Remembrance

Marking the Centenary, Anzac Day Dawn Service (2015)Shrine of Remembrance

Marking the Centenary, crowds gathered for the Anzac Day Dawn Service (2015).

Centenary of the Light Horse (2017)Shrine of Remembrance

This centenary of the Light Horsemen ceremony was held to mark the centenary of the Battle of Beersheba. It was during this battle that the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade made its famous mounted attack.

Tri-service flag bearers on Remembrance Day (2018)Shrine of Remembrance

Tri-service flag bearers on the steps of the Shrine for the 2018 Remembrance Day ceremony.

Remembrance Day - Centenary of Armistice (2018)Shrine of Remembrance

2018 Remembrance Day marked the Centenary of Armistice.

Flowers as symbols of remembrance (2018)Shrine of Remembrance

Community and family pay their respect at the site through the placement of poppies - a symbol of Remembrance.

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