Dubbo to Geurie (via Wongarbon) 21st October 2015
The marchers were provided with a hearty breakfast by South Dubbo Rotary Club at Dubbo Showground.
The marchers left Dubbo Showground at 7 am.
Car horns were tooted, and many cars stopped to watch the marchers make their way up Wingewarra Street on their way out of Dubbo.
The students at Wongarbon Public School lined up and waved Australian flags outside their school to welcome the marchers to Wongarbon.
A commemorative service was held at Wongarbon Soldiers Memorial at Wongarbon Public School at 12 noon.
One of the marchers, Rob McDonald, a family member of fallen Coo-ee Wilfred Ernest McDonald, whose name is remembered on the Wongarbon Soldiers’ Memorial, gave a brief talk, and showed a plaque that had been presented to the McDonald family by the citizens of Wongarbon in 1919.
A wreath, which was provided by the Gilgandra RSL Sub-Branch to travel with the Coo-ee March Re-enactment, to rest on the war memorials where the Coo-ees will be remembered in the commemorative services along the route, and then be returned to Gilgandra to become part of the Hitchen House Military Museum, was layed at the Wongarbon Soldiers Memorial.
After lunch at the Wongarbon Hall prepared by the Wongarbon Public School Parents and Citizens’ Association (P& C), the marchers left Wongarbon at 1 pm to travel onto Geurie.
A commemorative service was held in front of the Rolls of Honour at Geurie Memorial Hall at 4 pm.
It is wonderful to read this day by day account of your progress- thank you!
Thanks Helen for recording all these special events and the progress of our modern day ‘Coo-ees’ for all of us who would have liked to join them, and now we can, via all your wonderful posts. Congratulations and best wishes to all the Re-enactment Marchers and their Support.