FOR the Saunders family it was the welcoming home of a loved one and the final chapter in a 70-year story. After travelling nearly 4000 kilometres, soil from thePort Moresbygrave of WWII soldier Harry Saunders, was returned to Gunditjmara country in a unique ceremony last Saturday. Private Saunders’ youngest brother, Glenelg Shire Councillor Ken Saunders, said the soil was placed where the ashes of brother and fellow WWII soldier, Reg Saunders were spread in 1990. “If somebody is buried away from their country, we believe the spirit won’t come home, so it’s about getting the spirit back home,” Cr Saunders said. “For me it’s all finished now, it’s been laid to rest and that’s that.” As well as family members, representatives from the Department of Defence, Portland RSL, Glenelg Shire Council and Gunitj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation attended Saturday’s ceremony. Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.