Volunteer ‘soldiers’ from the central west are being asked to step forward and help recreate the arrival in Sydney of the famous Coo-ee March of 1915.
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The re-enactment will be part of the National Reserve Forces Day parade on Sunday July 3.

The ambitious project will be launched at public meetings in Gilgandra, Dubbo, Wellington, Orange and Bathurst.

The first of the meetings will take place in the Gilgandra Coo-ee Heritage Centre from 5pm tomorrow followed by another at Dubbo council chambers from 9.45am on Monday.

Wellington council chambers will host a launch on Tuesday, also from 9.45am.

The cities have been asked by the Reserve Forces Day Council to form their own district platoons and find as many volunteers to take part as they did in 1915.

That year 35 volunteers marched from Gilgandra to join the Australian Imperial Force, along the way collecting another 228 would-be soldiers.

The long and famous trek inspired another seven recruitment marches in Australia.

“This will be a wonderful opportunity for members of the public, who have no prior military training, to celebrate a significant event in Australia’s history,” said retired Lieutenant-Colonel John Moore, the organiser of the re-enactment.

“The training will be interesting but not hard and will also include briefings and demonstrations of life in the infantry and Light Horse in WWI.”

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