ANZAC Day & Veterans' Lunch

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 2024 Anzac Day Address will be delivered by Dame Quentin Bryce, Former Governor-General of Australia at the Commemorative Service, and the Keynote address at the lunch will be provided by Admiral Michael M. Gilday 32nd Chief of U.S. Naval Operations.

Thursday, April 25, 2024
Reception 12:00 PM
Lunch 12:30 PM

Cipriani 25 Broadway
25 Broadway, New York
New York 10005, United States

ANZAC Day Commemorative Service Address

The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO

Dame Quentin Bryce, Australia’s 25th Governor-General, has led an exceptional career spanning academia and Australian public service.

Dame Quentin was one of the earliest women to be admitted to the Queensland bar having graduated from the University of Queensland with Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1965. In 1968 she became the first female appointment at the T. C. Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland from 1968 to 1983, when she served as a lecturer in law.

In parallel she gained prominence in a variety of quasi-public sector roles. The first of which, an appointment to the National Women’s Advisory Council, highlighted what would become a career long advocacy for gender equity at all levels of government and public sector leadership. She would eventually convene the Council in 1982. Through the mid-1980s and early 1990s she was variously the first Director of the Queensland Women’s Information Service, the women’s representative on the National Committee on Discrimination in Employment and Occupation, the Queensland Director of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, as well as the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner.


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ANZAC Day Veterans' Lunch: Keynote Speaker

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Admiral Michael M. Gilday, USN (Ret.)

Admiral Gilday served more than 38 years as a Surface Warfare Officer before retiring from the U.S. Navy in October 2023 as the 32nd Chief of Naval Operations and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

At sea, he served on destroyers, cruisers, and aircraft carriers. Gilday commanded the guided missile destroyers USS HIGGINS (DDG 76) and USS BENFOLD (DDG 65) as well as Destroyer Squadron 7, where he served as Sea Combat Commander for the RONALD REAGAN Carrier Strike Group.

As a flag officer, Gilday commanded Carrier Strike Group 8 embarked aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). He also served as Commander of U.S. 10th Fleet and U.S. Fleet Cyber Command.

His experience encompasses assignments in the White House where he served as Naval Aide to the President, a series of tours as Director of Operations at NATO’s Joint Force Command in Lisbon, U.S. Cyber Command, and the Joint Staff, as well as Director of the Joint Staff. Gilday is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds master’s degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School and the National War College.

He is currently supporting companies in the private sector as a senior advisor.

The American Australian Association is proud to partner with The Greatest Generations Foundation on veterans’ initiatives.

The mission of The Greatest Generations Foundation is to render closure to veterans, including those with combat stress reaction (CSR), by facilitating therapeutic return programs to their former battlefields and memorials to ensure that the legacies of our fallen are recorded and retold in perpetuity to future generations.

Their return programs to the battlefields of Vietnam justifies the timeless principles of peace and justice by raising awareness of the selfless courage all Vietnam veterans exercised when they answered the call to help defend the ideals of our nation, in hopes that future generations will never forget their sacrifices and those who were left behind.