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ANZAC Day and Veterans' Lunch



Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 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


Please join this ANZAC Day to celebrate and recognize the universal qualities of courage, ‘mateship’ and sacrifice made by all Australian, New Zealand and American service personnel who have fought and been lost at war.  This esprit de corps was embodied at the ANZAC landing in Gallipoli, as well as by Australian and American troops who served under the joint Australian command of General Sir John Monash at the 1918 WWI Battle of Hamel and beyond.  


The American Australia Association is committed to investing in the future of honorably discharged American and Australian military veterans by supporting educational opportunities which build new skills and create prosperous post-military careers.

Our American-Australian Veterans’ Fund provides undergraduate and graduate scholarships of $40,000 to honorably discharged American and Australian military veterans, to support one year of full-time study in any disciplinary field, in the country of the other.

Since the AAVF’s launch last year, 20 American and Australian veterans have received scholarships, totalling over $800,000.



Proceeds raised from the lunch support the American Australian Association and its American-Australian Veterans’ Fund (AAVF).  Since its launch in 2017, the Association has awarded 20 American and Australian veterans more than $800,000 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

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For further information, please contact Debbie Chappel
Email: | Tel: 212 338 6860 X203



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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