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Anzac Day 2024

On April 25, we gathered in New York City to commemorate ANZAC Day with the Australian and New Zealand communities.

The day began with a solemn Commemorative Service at the historic Trinity Church on Wall Street, a landmark that dates back to the late 17th century. Among the poignant moments, West Point cadets carried the flags in a procession, symbolizing the unity and honor shared between our nations. Inside the church, the beautiful choir filled the historic halls with melodic reverence. We were delighted to welcome back former Governor-General of Australia, Dame Quentin Bryce, who shared her poignant remarks on the gravity of the Gallipoli campaign and sacrifice on the Australian consciousness.

We welcomed our guests to the lunch reception with classical guitar from our scholars Ziggy & Miles, who are currently wrapping up their studies at the Juilliard School of Music. Later in the lunch program, we heard ‘New York Minute’ performed by the guitar and cello duo Boyd Meets Girl. They were joined by Ainsley Melham for a rendition of ‘I Was Only 19’ at the close of the program.

On this important day of remembrance, we recognize the bravery and sacrifice of those who served and continue to serve in our nations’ armed forces. We were honored to be joined by veterans from The Greatest Generations Foundation and our own Veteran Scholars, among other living heroes. Thank you to Flight Lieutenant Nerita Lewis, who gave remarks on behalf of the American-Australian Veteran Scholars in attendance.

Admiral Michael Gilday, Former Chief Naval Officer of the U.S. Navy, joined us with a powerful keynote address asking us all to honor the sacrifice of the Anzacs by cherishing our freedoms and facing potential conflict with respectful deliberation.

With the help of RADM Ian Murray AC and Dame Quentin Bryce, we honored WWII Veteran Arthur Grabiner and Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Jack Jacobs. We were especially pleased to hear from Col. Jacobs himself as he had the room rapt with his speech. Both of our honored veterans received standing ovations in recognition of their enduring sacrifice and bravery.

In addition to the Commemorative Service and the Lunch, the Paspaley family generously donated two beautiful pieces from their collection to help raise money for our scholarship program. The winners of the silent auction were awarded their bracelets alongside the serving of dessert.

Thank you to our generous Guardians of ANZAC Day, Diggers of Lone Pine, Patrons of Gallipoli, Members of the American Australian Association, and all other supporters.

Your participation helps enable the American Australian Association to invest in the future of military veterans through provision of scholarships, internships, and mentoring opportunities.

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