Thanksgiving Dinner - November 2020 at the Ship Inn
The Australian American Association - Brisbane hosted its annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Ship Inn at Southbank. It was a great effort by the committee to organise the event. The Guest Speaker was Bill Elliott, a Queensland born gentleman who is a 12th generation descendant of William Brewster, the religious leader of the Mayflower passengers who arrived in Massachusetts in 1620. A great evening was had by all.
Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II - August 2020
The Australian American Association - Brisbane, was invited to lay a wreath at the "End of World War II Commemoration" held at the ANZAC Shrine Brisbane City on 15/08/2020. Members of our AAA committee – Teresa Pokoj (Treasurer), Barry Thiess and Mike Harris (President) attended the commemoration. The event was also attended by our Association's Patron-the Governor of Queensland, the Queensland Premier and the Brisbane Lord Mayor. A number of World War 2 veterans attended, and the service was well represented by Australian Defence Force personnel, including a very impressive Honour-Guard made up of Army, Navy and Air Force men and women. The Australian Army Brass Band also played very well during the service.
There was a flyover during the service by a veteran "Spitfire" from World War 2. Our Patron the Governor, the Hon Paul de Jersey, mixed with the World War 2 veterans and other guests at the end of the service. Teresa, our Secretary, made a wreath from Jasmine vines and other flowers taken from her garden, which everyone at the service admired.
AAA President, Mike Harris, lays a wreath at the Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.
AAA Treasurer, Teresa Pokoj, holding the wreath she made and standing with Pinky Singh, LNP Candidate for McConnel.
AAA President, Mike Harris, with President of the Coral Sea Commemoration Association, Barry Thiess.
The Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul De Jersey, speaking with a WWII Veteran.