CPL Keighran VC will also be the special guest at the public Unveiling Ceremony on the western lawn at the Buderim War Memorial Hall on Friday, 22nd September, at 10.30am.
BWMCA president Errol Richardson said CPL Keighran VC was born at Nambour Hospital and grew up at locations including Maleny and Forest Glen. He said the BWMCA has been working for some time to develop a plaque recognising Dan’s service and bravery.
“The BWMCA was established in 1945 by the, then, small community of Buderim to serve as a living memorial to those who served and died to defend our values and way of life and honouring CPL Keighran VC continues that strong tradition,” Mr Richardson said.
Mr Richardson said the ceremony would include an outline of the significance of the Victoria Cross by master of ceremonies WO1 Rick Brittain (Rtd) and a description of the action that resulted in CPL Keighran being awarded the honour by BWMCA member Major Brett Green (Rtd), an address by CPL Keighran VC as well as performances of Amazing Grace and the National Anthem by the Oriana Choir, followed by a light morning tea, with fellowship to continue at Mooloolaba Surf Club from 12.30pm.
“CPL Keighran VC’s service and sacrifice for our country is incredible and we are very proud to be able to honour one of our former local residents as a hero,” Mr Richardson said.
“This ceremony is open to the public so we would welcome anyone who wants to join us to recognise CPL Keighran VC’s service.”
Plaque Unveiling Ceremony details:
- Date: Friday 22nd September 2023
- Time: 10.30am-11.00am with morning tea to follow
- Where: Buderim War Memorial Hall, western lawn,
- corner of Main & Church Streets, Buderim
- RSVP: To firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 18th September for catering purposes.