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Centenary of Mateship Commemorative Service

Washington National Cathedral

Centenary of Mateship Commemorative Service

This year, Australia and the United States mark a centenary of Mateship - a friendship first formed in the trenches of World War I, during the Battle of Hamel on 4 July, 1918.

Join us at a special service to commemorate this alliance, celebrating the first 100 years and looking forward to the next 100 years of Mateship between Australia and the United States.

Event Details

FREE and open to the public

Date: Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Time: Must be seated no later than 9.45am for the arrival of VIP and Flag Party. Service commences 10.00am sharp.
Location: Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC
Visit the National Cathedral website for more information on directions and parking.

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History of Mateship

On 4 July 2018, Australia and the United States celebrate a centenary of mateship that was first forged in the trenches of World War I during the Battle of Hamel in 1918. This day was the earliest instance of American and Australian troops fighting side by side and the first time that American troops offensively fought under the command of a non-American, Australian General Sir John Monash. The Battle of Hamel is the symbolic foundation of the deep and enduring bond, mutual respect and close cooperation that continues to exist between the American and Australian militaries today. 

Learn more about Mateship.