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The 2015 Seafarers Commemorative Service and Navy Week Service
January 1, 1970 @ 12:00 am
The 2015 Seafarers Church Service will be held at St Paul‚Äôs Cathedral at 10:30 on 18 October 2015 and it will be followed by the Navy Wreath Laying Service at the Cenotaph at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne at 12:30.
This service is in memory of the Victorian service men and women who served overseas or in Australia in all wars, in ships or units of the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army or the Royal Australian Air Force.
The names of those who enlisted in Victoria and served overseas during the First World War are recorded in the books displayed in the ambulatory of this Shrine of Remembrance. They served in the Middle East, on the Gallipoli Peninsula, in France, in German New Guinea and on the oceans of the world. 89,000 Victorians served overseas and 19,000 made the supreme sacrifice.
In the Second World War, 297,000 Victorians served overseas and 10,900 died. They served in many locations in the European, Middle Eastern and Pacific theatres.
In later conflicts, Australians served in a wide variety of theatres, both as combatants and as peacekeepers, as the need arose. Many Australian men are women are currently serving overseas
Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary.