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To commemorate the anniversary of the 1914 – 1918 war and the sacrifice and service of Australians at Gallipoli and other theatres of war, a committee has been formed to remember the service of volunteers who joined up in one of the Coo-ee marches during November and December 1915.
Chairman of the Re-enactment Committee, Clyde Poulton has announced a public meeting for Tuesday May 27 at 3:00pm, upstairs at the Nowra R.S.L Hall.
Mr Poulton said the purpose of the meeting was to bring together members of the community, seeking comment and input from a wide cross section of the region. This will ensure the re-enactment and functions surrounding it faithfully detail the events of 1915 and truly reflect the efforts of those Australians of the era and what it means to today’s community.
“The Waratah March, one of eight throughout NSW in 1915/16 was purely voluntary. The proposed re-enactment events will honour volunteers of all eras, particularly in relation to modern times and the continuing need for volunteers across our diverse community of 2015”, Mr Poulton said.
A number of events are planned along the original march route, which encompassed 21 towns and villages along the Princes Highway over 18 days of marching in all weather conditions.
The meeting is to encourage participation in the planning of the events scheduled for November/December 2015 so that full honour can be given to the 115 men who joined up along the march route and the 30 who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Mr Poulton concluded by saying that these Coo-ee marches contributed greatly to those who joined Australia’s war effort subsequently, including many from the Shoalhaven, Kiama, Shellharbour and Wollongong districts.
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