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Returning home from war re-enactment

Returning Home from War parade

A re-enactment of the welcome home celebrations for the first Bland Shire soldier to return from Gallipoli will be held in Wyalong on Saturday, April 26 to celebrate Heritage Week.

The grandson of Corporal Mick Keegan, the Bland Shire’s first returning servicemen, will be the guest of honour at the “Returning Home from War” re-enactment parade being organised by Bland Shire Council.

Just like when his grandfather returned from the First World War in October 1915, Craig Cannon will ride in an open air horse and buggy to arrive at the Wyalong Hall amid much fanfare.

He will be greeted by the town band and town choir performing “God Save the King”, the Bland Shire Mayor and an enthusiastic throng of clapping and cheering community members.

Mr Cannon will be formally met by Mayor Neil Pokoney, who will deliver a short address, before recreating the interview Corporal Keegan gave when he first stepped off the Hospital ship in Perth 99 years ago.

The parade will commence at 2pm and also feature representatives from local schools and emergency services personnel.

Following the official proceedings, the band and choir will continue to perform music from the war period to ensure a vibrant and nostalgic atmosphere throughout the afternoon.

Meanwhile, various war memorabilia displays will be on show inside the hall.

The event is free of charge with all members of the community encouraged to attend. Organisers are counting on a huge display of the Bland Shire’s famous community spirit to make the re-enactment a successful and memorable occasion.

Bland Shire Council is also inviting members of the community to display their own family items of war memorabilia in the hall. To book a space or make further enquiries phone Council’s Development Services Unit, on 6972 2266.

Accounts from Corporal Keegan's homecoming can be found on Trove at -