"THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE"

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Passing of RSL Member Alex Whitehead

I am saddened to report the passing of RSL Member Alex Whitehead. I had the honor of meeting Alex and his wife at the RSL several years ago. RSL Secretary Dave Ward and his wife Trish attended funeral services for Alex.

A. Duncan Whitehead, 89, of Dallas, Pennsylvania passed away Friday evening, September 10, 2010, at his home.

Born in Brentwood, Essex, England, he was a son of the late Harry and Edith Bothwell Whitehead. His family later moved to Australia where he attended the Melbourne schools and the Swinburne Technical College.

Duncan served in the Australian Merchant Navy during World War II. Before retiring, he was employed as data processing manager by Intermetro, Wilkes-Barre.

Duncan was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dallas, and the Rotary Club of Dallas, where he was past president, past secretary, and a Paul Harris Fellow. He also was a member of the Returned and Services League of Australia, Washington, D.C., sub-branch, George M. Dallas Lodge 531 F.&A.M., Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg, Pa., and Irem Shrine Center, Dallas.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Katherine "Kay" Boyce Whitehead; sons, Douglas and wife, Deborah, Houston, Texas, and James and wife, Linda, Harveys Lake; grandchildren, Charles, Margaret, Daniel, and Michael; as well as two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church RR 4 Box 627A Dallas, PA 18612 or the Back Mountain Memorial Library 96 Huntsville Rd, Dallas, PA 18612-1829.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Foreign Legion Wine

A thank you to all who attended yesterday's meeting. Thanks also to Lt. Col. Mitchell Kent and Lauren Roche of the Australian Army staff for all of their help.

A special thank to Col. Brice Houdet for his outstanding presentation. He kindly sent me a link for the Foreign Legion wine, with his quote below:

http://www.legion-boutique.com/

Please note that on each bottle they sold, the benefit goes to the fund that helps running the retirement home for crippled legionnaires at Puyloubier. This is charity mixed with good drinking !

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monthly Meeting September 9, 2010

Time: Noon to 2:00 pm.

Where: Amenities room,

Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave. NW,

Washington, DC 20036

Speaker: Colonel Brice Houdet, French Army

Topic: The French Foreign Legion Today

Colonel Houdet is currently the French Army Attache to the United States. Prior to his assignment here he commanded the 2nd Foreign Legion Parachute Regiment. He is a graduate of St. Cyr, he served in a variety of command positions in the Foreign Legion. Col. Houdet also served on operations in the Balkans and Africa. He will speak to us about his time in the Legion.

Lunch: $15.00, including sodas. Alcoholic beverages, $2.00 each.

Volunteers: As usual, we need a volunteer (or two) to run the bar.

R.S.V.P. by noon on Wednesday September 8, 2010, to David Ward on 202-352-8550 or via e-mail at dmpward at wwdb dot org

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy. There is public parking behind and under the Airline Pilots Association at a cost of $15.00 for two hours.

Future Monthly meetings: October 14, November 4, and December 9.

2010 Membership dues of $25.00 are payable at the meeting. Alternatively, make your check payable to R&SL, and send it to Dave Ward, 2308 November Lane, Reston, VA, 20191

Monday, August 2, 2010

Symposium - An Adaptive Army for a Complex Peace - the Australian Army Experience



Symposium - An Adaptive Army for a Complex Peace - the Australian Army Experience


When: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 7:30AM - 1:30PM

Where: Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave.,NW, Washington, DC

The Symposium is being offered as an opportunity for participants to obtain insights into the 'complex' peace' that is likely to characterize the international security environment post the current Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and well into the foreseeable future.


Key Speakers include:

- Major General David Morrison, Australian Army forces Commander

- LtGen Flynn, Deputy Commandant Marine Corps - Capability Development

- Mr Ricky Smith, Army Capability Integration Centre - Forward

- Dr David Kilcullen, Noetic Associate and advisor to US Military

- Mr Andrew Balmaks - Noetic Principle

- Brigadier H.R. McMaster, Director Concept Development and Experimentation, US Army Training & Doctrine Command

- Mr Craig Coleman - CEO Professional Services Solutions

RSVP by August 11 to army dot washington at defence dot gov dot au with your name, title, position, organization, email and phone

Australian Election Preview*

When: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Where Healy Hall The Philodemic Room at Georgetown University

Details - Australia’s general election will be held on August 21, 2010. What will happen? What are the issues?

Come hear a panel of experts discuss the prospects.

Invited Panelist include:

Dr. Lesley Russell, Senior Fellow, Center for Australia and New Zealand Studies, and Visiting Fellow of the Center for American Progress

Bruce Wolpe, Senior Advisor to Rep. Henry Waxman, member, Australia-American Leadership Dialogue, past Director of Corporate Communications, Fairfax Media

EJ Dionne, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Columnist, Washington Post

Michael Brissenden, Washington Correspondent Australian Broadcasting Corporation

RSVP to Marie Champagne at (202) 687-7467 or CANZ at georgetown dot edu

Sponsor: Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies

*Details were originally supplied by the Southern Cross Group e-mail newsletter

Monthly Meeting - Thursday August 12, 2010

Time Noon to 2:00 pm.

Where –Amenities room

Embassy of Australia,

1601 Massachusetts, Ave.,

Washington, DC 20036

Speaker: Dr. David L. Charney, MD *

Topic: Why do people spy?

*David Charney, MD

• Founder and Medical Director of Roundhouse Square Psychiatric Center, in Alexandria, VA

• Expert on the Psychology of the Spy

• Psychiatric consultant to three spies after they were arrested:

• Earl Pitts, Robert Hanssen, Brian Regan

• Developer of the Concept: Life Stages of the Spy

• Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, George Washington University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

• Total Years of Experience for you to benefit and learn from: 30

* http://cicentre.com/experts.html

Lunch: $15.00, including sodas. Alcoholic beverages, $2.00 each.

Volunteers: As usual, we need a volunteer (or two) to run the bar.

R.S.V.P. by noon on Wednesday August 11, 2010, to David Ward on 202-352-8550 or via e-mail at dmpward at wwdb dot org

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy. There is public parking behind and under the Airline Pilots Association at a cost of $15.00 for two hours.

Future Monthly meetings: September 9, October 14, November 4, and December 9.

2010 Membership dues of $25.00 are payable at the meeting. Alternatively, make your check payable to R&SL, and send it to Dave Ward, 2308 November Lane, Reston, VA, 20191

From Your President

Greetings to all of our members and supporters.

Recently I have noted an increase in attendance at our monthly meetings here at the Embassy and I am very grateful to those of you who have been able to find the time to support our speaker program and to those who bring guests. The monthly meetings and speaker program is really the centerpiece of our sub-branch here in DC and because we are in the capital of the United States we are able to leverage off the cosmopolitan makeup of the city. Last month's speaker was able to provide a unique perspective on the current situation in Afghanistan, one you probably won't read in the Washington Post. As an Australian contractor working for the past six years in Afghanistan, Mr. Craig (Shorty) Coleman was able to speak with some authority on issues of 'ground truth' particularly in relation to the commercial realities of doing business inside Afghanistan. I want to thank Mr. Mario Mirarchi who coordinates our Speaker Program for his tireless efforts to spark our interest and knowledge over a broad range of security related subjects. If you have any suggestions, please drop him a line.*


Regards,



Rod West

Brigadier

President



* Mario can be reached at mmirarchi at juno dot com or 703-299-5194.

August 2010 News letter

Lest We Forget

Returned & Services League of Australia

Washington, DC Sub-Branch

1601 Massachusetts Avenue N.

Washington, DC 20036

Index:

The President's remarks,

August 12th Monthly Meeting,

Two events of interest listed by the Center for Australia and New Zealand Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

- August 4th - Australian Election Preview hosted by CANZ, Georgetown University

- August 18th - Symposium - An Adaptive Army for a Complex Peace - the Australian Army Experience

Friday, May 21, 2010

Passing of R&SL Member Bill Barlow and funeral service details

Fellow members,

Washington Sub-Branch member William (Bill) Francis Barlow died on Saturday morning May 15, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. Friends are invited to express their condolences at Money and King Funeral Home located at 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA 22180 on Saturday, May 22nd, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on June 25th, at 11:00 a.m. in the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel, followed by interment at Arlington National Cemetery. The R&SL will be represented at both events (See below for Burial ritual).

Bill was proud of his service as a Marine in World War II, when he served the entire duration of the war in the Pacific theater fighting in the battles of Guadalcanal, Okinawa, Peleliu and a number of other strategic fronts. He was wounded several times in combat, convalesced in Australia and returned to service each time with his unit - not wanting to let his comrades down. He earned both a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for meritorious service in action.

Bill never lost his love of Australia and New Zealand and he and his wife Blanche visited both countries over the years. Bill felt a special bond with the people of Ballarat, Victoria, where he was billeted while recovering from war wounds. Their most recent trip to Australia was a short one to Ballarat to visit with old friends.

Bereavement Notice

On Saturday, May 22nd, Blanche Raff’s husband William F. Barlow passed away after a long and valiant struggle with cancer. Friends are invited to express their condolences at Money and King Funeral Home located at 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA 22180 on Saturday, May 22nd, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on June 25th, at 11:00 a.m. in the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel.

Family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to one of the following organizations:

Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

825 College Blvd.

Ste 102

PMB 609

Oceanside, CA 92057


Fisher House Foundation, Inc.

111 Rockville Pike

Ste 420

Rockville, MD 20850


The Obituary can be found
here

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

ANZAC Day 2010 Wreath Laying


Brig. Rod West CSC, President of the R&SL's Washington Sub-Branch, presents the League's Floral Tribute at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Korean War Memorial in Washington DC.

If anyone has any photos or videos of the ANZAC Day events and would like them posted please e-mail them to me at mmirarchi at juno dot com.

The Rising Spirit of ANZAC -A photographic journey

The Rising Spirit of ANZAC -A photographic journey - The great ANZAC tradition grew out of the personal qualities of ordinary men and women who served and sacrificed in the Great War. ANZAC defines what it is to be Australian. Every April 25, generations of Australians pause to honor and remember the sacrifices made by others. The Rising Spirit of ANZAC exhibition by Sharyn Meade records the personal stories of Australian veterans, in words and images, through successive generations.

When: From 15 April 2010
Time: 10 am - 2 pm Mon - Fri
Where: Gallery @ Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC

May 2010 Newsletter

This news letter contains details of both the Monthly Meeting on May 13, 2010, and a photography exhibition at the Embassy of Australia, together with the dates of future meetings.

Monthly Meeting-Thursday May 13, 2010
Time: Noon to 2:00 pm.

Where –Amenities room
Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Ave
Washington DC 20036

Speaker: Dr. Paul Scully-Power, CEO of MIKOH Corporation Limited, and Australia’s first astronaut.

Topic: Reflections on Space and Life.

Biography: Dr Paul Scully-Power is the Chief Executive Officer of MIKPH Corporation Limited.

Dr Paul Scully-Power has extensive international experience and proven success in commercial and government organizations throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

He is an acknowledged leader in applied technology, an innovator and corporate strategist, and is Australia’s first astronaut having flown aboard Challenger on the 13th mission of the Space Shuttle.

Dr Scully-Power has significant expertise in defense, security & intelligence, aviation & aerospace, systems analysis & ICT, sensor & communication systems, and in corporate management. He has served with the Royal Australian Navy, the U.S. Navy, NASA, the Pentagon, the White House, the Lockheed Martin Corporation, and the Tenix Group worldwide, and was a Director of the Australian Trade Commission for five years.

He is a Doctor of Science in Applied Mathematics, a Liveryman of the City of London, and a Member of the Order f Australia.
*We have changed the format of the meeting. The lunch buffet now opens at noon, so after you sign in you select your lunch and sit at a dinner table. With this change, we hope you will be able have lunch and listen to our guest speaker, all within a normal lunch hour.*

Lunch: $15.00, including sodas. Alcoholic beverages, $2.00 each.

Volunteers: As usual, we need a volunteer (or two) to run the bar.

R.S.V.P. by noon on Wednesday May 12, to David Ward on 202-352-8550 or via e-mail at dmpward at wwdb dot org

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy. There is public parking behind and under the Airline Pilots Association at a cost of $15.00 for two hours.

2010 Membership dues of $25.00 are payable at the meeting. Alternatively, make your check payable to R&SL, and send it to Dave Ward, 2308 November Lane, Reston, VA, 20191.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Gallipoli Campaign Movie

Remembering the nameless heroes
of the Gallipoli Campaign

The Birth of Nations

Atatürk Society of America

With the support of

The Embassy of Australia
&
The Embassy of New Zealand

Invite you to a private screening of

GALLIPOLI: HISTORY IN THE DEPTHS
A film by Savas Karakas


On Sunday, April 25, 2010 4-6 PM
Copley Hall
Georgetown University
3800 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007

R.S.V.P. by April 22, 2010
Ataturksociety@earthlink.net
202 285 2979
Refreshments will be served after the movie.

Hosted by the Institute of Turkish Studies and Georgetown CERES Program

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

April Newsletter

Returned & Services League of Australia
Washington, DC Sub-Branch
1601 Massachusetts Avenue N.
Washington, DC 20036

April 2010 News letter

This news letter contains details of the Monthly Meeting on April 8, the invitation to attend the Team Australia briefing on April 9, events the ANZAC Day Commemoration, the Little Angels of Korea free concerts for veterans in June, and The R&SL Peace Award to Australians who were in Rwanda.

April 9 – Members are invited to attend Team Australia’s Brief followed by a reception at the Embassy of Australia. (See below for further information).

June 9-12 – Little Angels of Korea free concerts for US Veterans at the Kennedy Center RSVP (See Below).

June 14 – Bakers Creek Commemoration
at Fort Myer, VA (Further details will be advised later).

R&SL Peace Prize for Australians who served in Rwanda - Were you there?

In 1995 the National Branch RSL awarded UNAMIR the ANZAC Peace Prize. In 2008 a suggestion was raised that all persons who served in Rwanda be given a Certificate acknowledging their service in Rwanda.

Unfortunately due to the time lapse since 1995, several members have left the service without any forwarding address. Several female members have married and have changed their names, hence, tracing these persons is a very tedious task. If you are a member of the RSL and wish to receive your Certificate please contact:

Ray Townsend
5A Turner Street
IPSWICH QLD 430
Phone: 07 32828282
Mobile: 0402 601 935E
E-mail: rayht@optusnet.com.au

2010 Board of Governors and Office Holders:
President: Brigadier Rod West CSC, Australian Military Attaché,
Vice President: David Gudes,
Secretary: Dave Ward,
Treasurer: Kurt Lee,
Program Chairman: Mario Mirarchi,
Legal Advisor: Bill Bennett,
Selection Committee Chairman: Edward Connor.
Board Members: Bob Cutler,, Walt Dow, Vivian McKay, Matt Prisutti,
Jack Szalasny, Simon Willis.



Team Australia Briefing at the Embassy of Australia Friday 9 April, 2010

The Counsellor, Defence Materiel, Embassy of Australia, Washington, DC, in conjunction with the Defence Export Unit, Canberra, cordially invites you to attend presentations by “Team Australia April 2010 Innovation Briefs” Team Australia will present a series of schedule briefings on Warfighting Equipment, Communications, and Simulations and Training.

The briefings will begin at 1300. Those registered guests will be invited to remain at 1700 for a Business Attire Social Function to permit additional time to exchange ideas with attendees and members of the team.

For registration or other information contact: 202-797-3385 or email : aurelio.azpiazu@defence.gov.au.

Additional locations

5-7 April The US Marine Corps Briefing to Industry, Baltimore, MD

8 April Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC-AD-) Aircraft Division, Lexington Park, MD (PAX River)

12 April Present in Tampa, Florida

13-14 April Fayetteville, North Carolina at SPECOPSEAST.

15 April Huntsville, AL The briefing(s) at this location will be hosted by the North Alabama International Trade Association(NAITA).
For additional details or questions on the briefs, please call Aurelio Azpiazu at 202-797-3385, or aurelio.azpiazu@defence.gov.au or visit http://www.condmat.com/CMDefenceIndustryGallery.html

Click on "Team Australia April 2010 Quad Charts" for previews of some very unique products, technologies and capabilities. Look also at the other presentations on the site for other products of interest to you or your organization.

KOREAN WAR 60TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR BY THE LITTLE ANGELS
OF KOREA TO HONOR VETERANS - JUNE 2010


The Little Angels of Korea will visit the United States this coming June, to kick off a 16-nation tour to honor and thank the Korean War Veterans for their sacrifices during the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War. While priority will be given to the Korean War Veterans and their families, all veterans will be offered complimentary tickets for the performances on a first-come, first-served basis. A maximum of 4 complimentary tickets will be offered for each veteran and his or her family. Additional complimentary tickets may be requested, subject to availability (Ticket Request Form Attached).

SCHEDULE IN THE U.S.

Washington, DC—The Little Angels’ Tour will begin in the prestigious Kennedy Center’s Opera House with 4 performances from June 9-12, all beginning at 7:30 pm. The first two performances on June 9 and 10 will be benefits for the veterans. The third and fourth performances on June 11 and 12 will be public events at which tickets must be purchased. All public tickets will be at a reduced rate as a tribute to the Korean War Veterans.

New York, NY—The renowned Hammerstein Opera House of the Manhattan Center located at 311 West 34th Street in New York City will be the site of the Little Angels’ 4 performances on June 15th and 16th with matinee and evening performances on both days. Complimentary tickets are available for June 15th performances only.

Columbus, GA—Primarily for the soldiers of the Infantry and Calvary Center at Ft. Benning, the Little Angels will perform on June 27th at 2:00 pm in the River Center Theater at 900 Broadway Avenue in Columbus.

Atlanta, GA—The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in Atlanta will be the site of the Little Angels’ performance on June 29 at 7:30 pm. Half of the tickets will be complimentary, half will be for public sale.

April 8th Meeting

Monthly Meeting-Thursday April 8, 2010. Noon to 2:00 pm.

Where –Amenities room
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts, Ave.,
Washington, DC 20036

Speaker: Major Kurt Lee, USMC retired.

Topic: The Korean War and certain sociological aspects involving Chinese Americans in the US military (Includes screening a new documentary which incorporates previously unseen photographs and film of the time). The presentation will take about 60 minutes.

You will notice some improvements. Instead of the theatre style layout used previously, you will now sit at a table. And the lunch buffet will be opened before the President opens the meeting.

Lunch: $15.00, including sodas. Alcoholic beverages, $2.00 each.

Volunteers: As usual, we need a volunteer (or two) to run the bar.

R.S.V.P. by noon on Wednesday April 7, to David Ward on 202-352-8550 or via e-mail at dmpward@wwdb.org

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy. There is public parking behind and under the Airline Pilots Association at a cost of $15.00 for two hours.

2010 Membership dues of $25.00 are payable at the meeting. Alternatively, make your check payable to R&SL, and send it to Dave Ward, 2308 November Lane, Reston, VA, 20191.

Future Monthly meetings: May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 4, and
December 9.



Biography: Major Kurt Lee, USMC Retired, is a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam with 25 years of active military service. He holds the distinction of being the first Asian American to hold a regular commission in the USMC and the first of his race to lead US Marines into combat.

Major Lee first entered the USMC in 1944 and attained the rank of sergeant when WW II ended. He was commissioned in the first regular officer’s class that was organized after the war in The Basic School.

He fought with the 7th Marine Regiment in 1950 as an infantry unit commander and participated in the Inchon-Seoul operation and the Chosin Reservoir Campaign in its entirety.

Major Lee also served as the Division Combat Intelligence Officer of the 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam during
1965-66 when major Marine ground forces landed at Chulai.

He was twice wounded in combat and was awarded the Navy Cross, Silver Star Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal.
He also holds 5 Presidential Unit Citations and the Navy Unit Citation that were awarded to units in which he served. Major Lee is a member of the R&SL since 2003 and holds the office of Treasurer.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Membership

Please contact our Secretary at dmpward at wwdb dot org for a membership form. Membership is $25 per year.

ANZAC Day 2010


Each year on April 25, the Australian and New Zealand Embassies commemorate ANZAC (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) Day to recognise the sacrifices that Australian and New Zealand soldiers, sailors and airmen and women have made - not only in defending their country, but in upholding their nation's longstanding commitment to peace and security.

It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War, with the landing at Gallipoli, Turkey. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they soon took in that name endures to this day. For more information on Anzac Day, please visit

To mark this special occasion for 2010, the Australian and New Zealand Embassies are co-hosting a program of events to which all are welcome. These events include:

The Rising Spirit of ANZAC -A photographic journey

The great ANZAC tradition grew out of the personal qualities of ordinary men and women who served and sacrificed in the Great War. ANZAC defines what it is to be Australian. Every April 25, generations of Australians pause to honour and remember the sacrifices made by others. The Rising Spirit of ANZAC exhibition by Sharyn Meade records the personal stories of Australian veterans, in words and images, through successive generations.

When: From 15 April 2010
Time: 10 am - 2 pm Mon - Fri
Where: Gallery @ Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC

*Photo ID required

Dawn Service: Sunday 25 April 5.45 –
6.15 am


The embassies of Australia and New Zealand, in partnership with the United States Department of Labor, will host a Dawn Service on the grassy area adjacent to the Korean Veterans War Memorial, which is located near the Lincoln Memorial, off Independence Ave, Washington DC.

NB. Car parking is available on Ohio Drive, in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Park, a short walk from the Korean Veterans War Memorial. Comfortable shoes are recommended, as personnel are required to stand on the grass area.

Those of you who would like to attend the Dawn Service and Gunfire Breakfast but rely on the Metro or have concerns about security can contact us (Dave Ward - dmpward@wwdb.org or 202-3520-8550) and we will see if will see if we can help with alternative arrangements.

Gunfire Breakfast: Sunday 25 April 7.15 - 9.15am:

At the conclusion of the Dawn Service, the Australian Embassy, in partnership with the New Zealand Embassy, will host a Gunfire Breakfast at the Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington DC

A door charge of $10.00 per person (adults and children 12 and over) will be levied to cover catering costs. Those who would like to attend the ‘Gunfire’ Breakfast must R.S.V.P by e-mail to: Those who would like to attend this breakfast must RSVP by email to: nzdsrs@nzdswashington.com or by telephone to: 202 328 4803. Please provide the full names of all those attending.

Guests may pre-pay by check, enclosing the name/s and number/s of attendees, payable to: New Zealand Embassy. Mail the payment to:

ANZAC Day
New Zealand Embassy
37 Observatory Circle, NW,
Washington, DC, 20008

Please bring photo ID for access to the Embassy. There is limited street parking available around the Embassy.

Commemorative Service: Monday 26 April at 10:30am

The Embassy of Australia in partnership with the Embassy of New Zealand will host a Cathedral Service to commemorate ANZAC Day at the Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, NW, Washington DC. (Seating by 10am is advised).
More information on ANZAC Day events in Washington DC can be found here

All sub branch members and friends are encouraged to attend. Please be sure to RSVP where appropriate.

Sub branch History

On February 5, 1915, the hospital ship “Yarra” reached Australia carrying invalided Australian soldiers from Egypt. On that day the history of the Returned Services League of Australia began. As we look back over the years, it is clear that the common bond of comradeship and mutual interest, which later manifested itself in no uncertain manner, had its simple origin in the close association of the mere handful of men who were the first to be affected by the demands of active service.

As the war developed, the loss of life, the shedding of blood, the agony of wounds, the privation and discomfort, drew Australia’s sons together in an unbreakable bond of comradeship. From this source of mutual understanding, there came back home to Australia those rendered unfit for further Active Service. As they grew in numbers, there developed a determination to convert an indefinite and undirected desire, which they sensed to be common to them all, into an organized endeavor to continue in some form their undertaking of national service and to ensure that each and all should receive such measure of treatment and care as well considered fair and equitable.

These veterans formed state Returned Services Associations in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland and it was an informal meeting of one representative from each of these associations in Sydney on 10 May 1916, which set the date for the founding conference. On June 6, 1916, representatives from the respective RSAs of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia met in Melbourne to draw up a provisional constitution and statement of the aims and objects of an Australia-wide body. After four days of debate, they adopted the Name of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia, The RSSILA ever since known to Australians as the RSL.

With about 270,000 members in 1549 sub-branches, the RSL is the largest ex-service body in Australia. It cements comradeship begun in Service and provides a forum for the Service community with the aim of securing improved conditions for Service people, their dependents and the bereaved.

Formed in 1916 by wounded from Gallipoli, it was joined later by men returned from the battlefields of France, Belgium, Egypt and Palestine, and 25 years later, those who served throughout the world in WWII and closer to home in the jungles of New Guinea, Borneo, Malaya and the islands of the Pacific. More recently other generations of Australians who fought in Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Gulf War and peacetime serving and ex-service personnel have joined.

The Washington, DC Sub-Branch is the only one located outside the Pacific basin area and was founded on October 31, 1969 by a group of Australian and American uniformed and veteran defence force personnel. It is strictly a social organization of veterans.

Luncheon meetings are held at the Australian Embassy on the second Thursday of each month with the exception of ANZAC Day, which is always observed on April 25, and guest speakers' address subjects of interest to our members and guests. Additionally, special functions are held mid-year and December at the New Zealand and Australian Embassies.

Welcome to the new blog of the Returned and Services League of Australia, Washington, DC sub-branch,.

We are the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL), Washington, DC sub-branch.
The RSL is a group of Australian and American veterans and their friends who meet monthly at the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC