79th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin – Friday 19th February 2021
“Bombing of Darwin Day marks an attack that is etched in Australia’s history and this year we mark 10 years since the inaugural national day of observance in 2011.”
The Hon Darren Chester MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel
The Melbourne Branch of the Darwin Defenders 1942-45 were once again honoured and privileged to be able to organise the 79th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne on Friday 19th February 2021.
As we farewelled our veterans, families, school students and dignitaries at the conclusion of the Darwin Defenders service in 2020, little did know that the Shrine of Remembrance would not host another service on the forecourt for 12 months.
2020 became the year of COVID-19. We learned new words and a total new way of living – living alone and disconnected to our communities. We sadly watched the news of countries losing thousands upon thousands of their citizens, we watched families unable to be with loved ones as they died alone – situations evolved that we never thought possible. We stayed home to keep our communities safe. We often struggled to keep motivated, and we learnt new ways of living safely by following guidance from our leaders.
After months of lockdown and curfews in 2020, we hoped that all our planning for the 2021 would come to fruition. With only a week to go – a sudden lockdown was imposed for 5 days in Melbourne and we held our breath waiting for the Government announcement 2 days before the event.
2021 Darwin Defenders 1942-45 Commemoration Service:
Friday 19 February 2021 10:00am – Shrine Forecourt
The Darwin Defenders 1942-1945 Commemoration Ceremony will be held at the Shrine of Remembrance, on Friday February 19 2021 at 10:00am noon, the 79th anniversary of the day that Darwin was bombed and war came to Australia.
The ceremony will honour those who served and those who died during the attacks on Darwin during 1942 - 1945.
It is an opportunity for veterans, their families, dignitaries and school students from across Melbourne & regional Victoria to participate in a moving ceremony that aims to remind us all of the cost of preserving peace and democracy in Australia.
FRIDAY JUNE 5, 2020
78th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin
Commemoration Service – Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne
The Melbourne Branch of the Darwin Defenders 1942-45 were once again honoured and privileged to be able to organise the 78th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne on Wednesday 19th February 2020.
Accompanied by music of The Royal Australian Navy Band directed by Band Master Sharon Jarvis CPOMUSN, President Alan Day lead the march of the Darwin Defenders banner from the flagpoles to the flame.
Sadly, due to the unseasonable weather, the heavy cloud cover and the prospect of rain, for the first time in many years, we were unable to have the Point Cook Flypast of Museum aircraft.