Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance

Dedicated to the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. This monument was erected to honour those Australian servicemen and women who served during world war one. Here you will find snippets of information not found in any tourist guide book!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Guard Goofs!

The Shrine of Remembrance is guarded 24 hours a day by members of the Victoria Police, Protective Services Unit.

These guards have to do a separate 'Shrine Guard' course during which they learn about the Shrine, it's customs & meanings and other things such as flag protocol, rifle drill & ceremonial duties.

The biggest day of the year for these chaps is ANZAC day where they all participate in various ceremonial duties from dawn to dusk! - They are considered, by many, to be the Victoria Police's finest, they are highly disciplined and trained to a very high standard in footdrill!

This year, however, one of their squad made a bit of a boo-boo! Check out this picture a friend of a friend emailed me! - It shows one of these 'Elite' members committing a 'Cardinal Sin' whilst on parade! - He has presented himself without his hat!!

I bet he was barked at by his commanding officer afterwards, and was probably made to do potatoe peeling duties as penance to make up for his
Gargantuous Gaff!!