ANZAC Day and Veterans' Lunch
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ANZAC Day and Veterans' Lunch



Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | Reception 12-12:30 pm | Lunch 12:30-2:00 pm

Cipriani Wall Street
55 Wall Street, New York, NY

ATTIRE: Business Attire | Mess Uniform


2018 marks a milestone year in American - Australian relations.  

The ANZAC Day and Veteran's Lunch will

1)      Increase public awareness of ANZAC Day’s importance;

2)      Celebrate, deepen, enhance, and promote the US and Australian defense alliance in the US; and

3)      Fundraise in support of the American Australian Association’s American – Australian Veterans’ Scholarship Fund. 


Launched at the 75th Anniversary Battle of the Coral Sea Dinner on May 4, 2017 by the President and Prime Minister, our new American-Australian Veterans’ Scholarship Fund (AAVSF) invests in the future of American and Australian military veterans.  For honorably discharged veterans considering their next steps, these scholarships provide vital opportunities to learn new skills and build prosperous post-military careers.

The AAVSF provides scholarship awards of up to USD $40,000 per applicant to support undergraduate or postgraduate international study for a veteran from

1) Australia to the United States; or
2) United States to Australia.

Since the AAVSF’s launch last year, eight American and Australian veterans have received scholarships, totalling over $300,000.



Proceeds raised from the lunch support the Association’s Veterans’ Scholarship Fund (VSF) which was launched in July 2017.  Since its launch, the Association has awarded 8 American and Australian veterans more than $300K to further their education in each other’s respective countries.  Attendees at the lunch will have the opportunity to meet and hear from some of these inspirational young leaders.

Table Sponsorship Levels

 Guardians $50,000
 Diggers $25,000
 Patrons $10,000

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For further information, please contact Debbie Chappel
Email: | Tel: 212 338 6862



Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces (the Army Corps - now known as the ANZACs), during the First World War.


When war broke out in 1914 Australia had been a federated nation for only 13 years, and its government was eager to establish a reputation among the nations of the world. When Britain declared war in August 1914 Australia was automatically placed on the side of the Commonwealth. In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies. The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany.


The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated from the peninsula, with both sides having suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. More than 8,000 Australian soldiers had died in the campaign. Gallipoli had a profound impact on Australians at home, and 25 April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who died in the war.


Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the actions of Australian and New Zealand forces during the campaign left a powerful legacy. What became known as the “Anzac legend” became an important part of the identity of both nations, shaping the ways in which they viewed both their past and their future.

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