Upcoming Events

ANZAC Day, Saturday April 25th, 2015


ANZAC Day 2015 is the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli & in honour of the occcasion AWA will be hosting a number of special events at Arlington National Cemetery on the day.

11AM (sharp): Wreath-laying at the graveside of Flying Officer Milne (RAAF) (open to the public, see details below)

12.15PM (sharp): Wreath-laying in memory of all fallen ANZACs, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (open to the public, see details below)

1PM to 3PM: Social Reception, Women in Military Service for America Memorial

(aka “The Women’s Memorial” located just inside the Ceremonial Entrance of Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Drive, one block from the Visitor’s Center).


Join us for great company, foods we miss from home catered by Kiwi Kuisine (roo balls, pies, ANZAC bikkies, doughnuts – YUM), play some Two Up, chill to live music from down under, awesome raffle prizes, & catch up with fellow expats as we mark the occasion. Aussie & Kiwi wine & beer available at the cash bar.

The social reception is open to members and non-members alike but pre-registration is required. We have a limited capacity & we will not accept walk ins on the day. Please feel free to forward this email to your Aussie & Kiwi mates!

Members $30/adult (exclusively for dues-paying members of Australians in Washington Association or Kia Ora DC Kiwis)

Non-Members $50/adult

Children 5-18 y.o. $15 each

Children under 5: Free (please include them in registration)

Please register at: https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/awadc/event.jsp?event=112& 

Questions? Contact Michelle at events@awadc.com

Not a member but like the idea of cheaper prices? Join AWA or Kia Ora DC Kiwis first! Bonus: One of our gift hampers for the raffle will be exclusively for members!

Please join us for commemorative wreath layings before the social reception. Both are open to the public & do not require registration but timeliness and respectful conduct is imperative. Please familiarise yourself with the Visitor’s Rules for Arlington National Cemetery if you haven’t been there before.

11am (sharp): Wreath-laying at the graveside of Flying Officer Milne (RAAF)

Arlington National Cemetery 

Grave 4754 Section 34

Flying Officer Milne is the only known Australian serviceperson to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery


Flying Officer Francis Debenham Milne was serving as a co-pilot on a C-47-DL “Swamp Rat” supply flight operated by the US Army Transport Corps when he was shot down in Papua New Guinea on November 26, 1942 by two Japanese Zero fighters.  The remains of Flying Officer Milne and US Army Tech Sergeant, Joseph E. Paul, were only recovered in 1990 due in part to the rugged terrain of the crash site. Because the remains of Milne and Paul were not individually identifiable when they were found, they are buried together at Arlington National Cemetery.  The Milne family has kindly agreed to provide a reading for the commemoration.

12.15pm (sharp): Wreath-laying on behalf of Australians in Washington Association

 in Memory of all Fallen ANZACs


at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery

Ceremonial honours to be conducted by the elite 3rd United States Infantry Regiment (aka The Old Guard).

For enquiries about the Wreath Laying ceremonies please contact Danielle at: president@awadc.com

Lest We Forget


Please Note: These wreath-layings & social event marking ANZAC Day are hosted by Australians in Washington Association (AWA), a social organization for Aussie expats & friends living in the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Given the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC Landings at Gallipoli, AWA is delighted to welcome Kia Ora DC Kiwis, also a social organization for local Kiwi expats. This event is open to any Aussies, Kiwis, & friends who live here or who may be in the area on the day. These activities are our way to ensure all expats can mark this national historic occasion important to all of us despite where we may physically live &/or military affiliation. If you are seeking information on the official events hosted by the Embassies of Australia & New Zealand, please visit their websites or contact them directly for further information.


Commemorative ANZAC T-shirts and Hoodies


AWA has a limited number of commemorative ANZAC Day short tees, long tees and hoodies for sale. The shirts commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. All profits go to Soldier On Australia, which supports Australian veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Contact president@awadc.com for further information



Official events: Official events: Each year the Australian and New Zealand Embassies co-host ANZAC Day official events. These typically include a Dawn Service at the Korean War Veterans Memorial (National Mall), a Gunfire Breakfast at one of the Embassies, and a Commemorative Service at the National Cathedral. The latest information AWA has is posted as a courtesy only & can be found at:


(AWA does not organize or coordinate these events so please seek out details on the Embassy’s webpage at. www.usa.embassy.gov.au)




Save that date! Upcoming monthly happy hours are scheduled as follows

(details to follow by newsletter): May 22, June 18

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