At Long Last, a Fitting Tribute to our Soldiers.
In 1926 Angus McDonald lamented the fact that although the Wandong district had sent more young men and women to war than other areas of the Kilmore shire nothing had been done to honour their service. Angus ensured that every soldier from the Wandong area was given a send off at the local hall and on their return a welcome home event was held for those lucky enough to make it back.
Sadly it took until 2015 for this to be rectified when a group of determined locals with the help of 100 year anniversary grants was able to make the Wandong Heathcote Junction War Memorial a reality. Months of planning designing and researching then occurred, finding the names of all the local soldiers was a huge task, made difficult by incomplete records, inaccurate recording and lack of availability of records, but finally a list was compiled.
The grants made the building of the actual memorial possible but it took the work of a team of locals to complete the project, paving the area around the memorial, having lighting installed and installing the memorial gardens. The project was completed and the memorial was unveiled by the Governor of Victoria, the Honorable Alex Chernov on the 15 April 2015 , a landmark day for Wandong Heathcote Junction.