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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir was a major attraction of United States Day on July 4 at Expo '88, singing the concluding two concerts of its South Pacific tour in the striking new hall of this eastern Australian city's arts complex.

Foul weather paid an uncommon and unwelcome visit to Brisbane on Monday, driving observation of United States Day indoors. Participants included the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet Band and the Greely, Colo., chorale.Many officials expressed gratitude for the contributions that the United States has made to Australia in times of peace and war.

Australian Sen. Gareth Evans called the ill-timed Iranian Airbus disaster a "terrible error" and suggested that the large crowd should put behind it the tragic event for the day as he wished the United States a happy 212th birthday.