With many servicemen and women away lighting, the war years were
particularly difficult for many Australians. The AWA answered the call to
At the urging of President Roosevelt, the 1942 Ball was held as usual on
July 4, and was a great success in spite of the depressing atmosphere of
the war. Ball decorations were spectacular and included the largest
American Flag in the Southern hemisphere and massive portraits of President
Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
In honour of the AWA's continuing outstanding efforts, Mrs. Douglas
MacArthur attended tea during the May meeting. During 1942 the Auxiliary
began assisting the Hospital in the Cantenn, beginning our tradition of
serving on the fourth Friday of each month. In 1943 an American football
game, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground by U.S. Marines, brought a
record crowd of 40,000. That year an amazing 2,300 people attended the
Presidential Approvals: Eleanor Roosevelt visited the polio unit to see
first hand how the AWA was materially improving the lives of sick children.
President Eisenhower hailed the work of the Auxiliary in a cable, calling
its members "worthy representatives of our country's attitude and spirit."