Sunday, April 24, 2011

Gunfire Breakfast

Please note that the Gunfire Breakfast is closed. If you did not RSVP and receive a confirmation, you will be unable to attend.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April 14 Meeting - Jan Scruggs

Thursday April 14, 2011 - The Returned & Services League of Australia, Washington DC Chapter, Presents –The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Education Center

Noon - 2 pm (Arrive early as the briefing will start at around 12:15).

Speaker - Mr. Jan C. Scruggs, Founder and President, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

Where –Amenities room

Embassy of Australia,

1601 Massachusetts, Ave., N.W.

Washington, DC 20036

Valid ID required.

Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.

R.S.V.P. to David Ward on 202-352-8550 or via e-mail at dmward1973 at gmail dot com

Attire : Business casual

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy. There is paid public parking behind and under the Airline Pilots Association (17th and Mass) and at 1500 Mass. Ave N.W.

Biography - In 1979, Jan Scruggs conceived the idea of building the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., as a tribute to all who served during the longest war in American history. Today, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the most visited memorial in Washington.

Scruggs was a wounded and decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade of the U.S. Army. He felt a memorial would serve as a healing device for a different kind of wound—that inflicted on our national psyche by the long and controversial Asian war.

Scruggs launched the effort with $2,800 of his own money and gradually gained the support of other Vietnam veterans in persuading Congress to provide a prominent location on federal government property somewhere in Washington, D.C. After a difficult struggle, Congress responded, and the site chosen was on the National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial.

As president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Inc., the nonprofit organization set up to build and maintain the Memorial, Scruggs headed up the effort that raised $8.4 million and saw the Memorial completed in just two years. It was dedicated on Nov. 13, 1982, during a week-long national salute to Vietnam veterans in the nation’s capital. Scruggs’ story of building the Memorial, To Heal A Nation, co-written with Joel L. Swerdlow, was made into an NBC-TV Movie of the Week in 1988. Actor Eric Roberts played the role of Scruggs.

Scruggs is a member of the Selective Service Appeals Board, a board member of the National Veterans Legal Services Project and special assistant to the chairman of the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. In 1993, he was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the U.S. Jaycees.

Scruggs is a native of Washington, D.C, and grew up in Bowie, Md. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from American University in Washington, D.C., and his law degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Prime Minister Gillard's Visit

On March 7, 2011, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Prime Minister Gillard announced Australia’s Commitment to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Education Center.
Several members of the sub-branch were in attendance and had the honor to meet the Prime Minister as well Admiral Mullen and other dignitaries.

The following links are provided for those of you who could not be there.

Remarks delivered by Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Honorable Julia Gillard, Australian Prime Minister.

On March 9, 2011 Prime Minister Gillard addressed a joint session of the US Congress. Her remarks are here.

ANZAC Day 2011

What is ANZAC Day? ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia's most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day. link

ANZAC Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day we remember all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of ANZAC, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity. On ANZAC day, ceremonies are held in towns and cities across the nation to acknowledge the service of our veterans. link

ANZAC Day in Washington: To mark this special occasion for 2011, the Australian and New Zealand and Embassies are co-hosting a program of events to which all are welcome. Please see the attached flyer for full details. The ANZAC Lecture and the Gunfire Breakfast fill up fast so you need to sign up quickly. ANZAC Day events are listed here (Pdf file).

ANZAC Day 2011 in Washington DC

To mark this special occasion for 2011, the Australian and New Zealand and Embassies are co-hosting a program of events to which all are welcome. These events include:

Australian Exhibition – from 20 April 2011

‘Framing Conflict: Iraq and Afghanistan’

Presented with the Australian War Memorial

When: From 20 April to 17 June 2010

Time: Daily 10:00am–2:00pm

Where: Australian Embassy

1601 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington DC

ANZAC Lecture – 20 April 2011

Presented in conjunction with the Centre for Australian
and New Zealand Studies, Ambassador for Australia The
Hon Kim Beazley AC will deliver the 2011 lecture titled:
‘On ANZUS Turning 60’.

When: 20 April 2010

Time: 6.30pm

Where: McNeir Auditorium

Georgetown University

RSVP: canz@georgetown.edu

202 687 7464

Dawn Service - 25 April 2011

The traditional ANZAC Day Dawn Service will be held at
the Korean Veterans War Memorial on the National Mall.

When: Monday, 25 April 2011

Time: 5.30am–6.15am

Where: Korean Veterans War Memorial

Independence Ave

Washington DC

‘Gunfire’ Breakfast - 25 April 2011

At the conclusion of the Dawn Service a Gunfire
Breakfast will be hosted by the Australian Embassy.

When: Monday, 25 April 2010

Time: 07.00am–09.00am

Where: Australian Embassy

1601 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Washington DC

RSVP: cultural.relationsUS@dfat.gov.au

To attend this event you are required to pre-register before
19 Apr 11(This is essential as the event fills quickly). Cost
is $10 (cash) per person paid on the morning.

Commemorative Church Service - 26 April 2011

A Commemorative Church Service will be held at the
Washington National Cathedral.

When: Tuesday, 26 April 2010

Time: 10.30am –11.30am (seated 10:15am)

Where: Washington National Cathedral

Massachusetts/Wisconsin Aves NW

Washington DC

Coordinators: Australian Embassy: Squadron Leader Gary Lewis – gary.lewis3@defence.gov.au

New Zealand Embassy: Lieutenant Colonel Rob Gillard – robert.gillard@nzdf.mil.nz

For more information: Please visit the Embassy websites at the following addresses:


To RSVP to the Gunfire Breakfast e-mail Cultural.RelationsUS@dfat.gov.au