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Arriving Day # 14, Friday Sept 18, we stay here 3 nights, 2 days, to enjoy participating in the Celtic Wave Festival with the people of this great wool growing town. The good people of Yass are planning for our ‘incursion’ already.

One separate event, however,  we have organised for ourselves, and the only opportunity for us to do it, is a Dinner on Saturday evening September 19th at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra under the wing of ‘G for George’.

The Original March:  What Happened

After marching the 9 miles from Yass the Kangaroos were welcomed by a section of the Light Horse as well as some youngsters dressed in dungarees and styling themselves ‘the young Kangaroos’. The Mayor of Yass, Alderman Coen, conferred the freedom of Yass upon the marchers and then presented them with an Australian Day flag and a banner from the people of Yass.  The Kangaroos then marched to the showground where they were served a hot dinner in the luncheon room.

The marchers would remain in Yass until Friday, 17 December.

Across the street to welcome the Kangaroos in was a banner saying: On to Victory

The Kangaroo March arrives at Yass Mechanics Hall

The Kangaroo March arrives at Yass Mechanics Hall

Meanwhile Overseas:

After the failure of the British summer offensive on the Western Front, and more specifically the heavy defeat suffered at the Battle of Loos the Commander of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), General Sir John French, was forced to resign.

He was replaced by Sir Douglas Haig, who would remain in the role until the war was won in November 1918.

 

Field Marshall Haig reviewing troops from the Australian 5th Division in August 1917

Field Marshall Haig reviewing troops from the Australian 5th Division in August 1917

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

BBQ Lunch at Yass IGA

Saturday 19 September, 2015

12:00pm (midday)

Yass IGA see flyer for more details

IGA Yass Brochure


 

Kangaroo March Dinner

Saturday 19 September, 2015

Australian War Memorial, Canberra

3:00pm Federation Guard Marches with RSL Commemorative Youth Choir

4:50pm Last Post Ceremony dedicated to the Kangaroos

7:00pm Dinner in War Memorial

Booking Essential

Cost: $120/head

Book and pay here

 

Enlist now to march in the Kangaroo March Re-enactment.