It was an evening of high emotion as Essendon officially - and finally - elevated four of its favourite sons to Legend status during a magical Hall of Fame event on Thursday night, presented by Liberty.

Neale Daniher, a former captain and now famous for his fight against motor neurone disease, shared the spotlight with three other club heroes, with the late Dr Bruce Reid, and yesteryear's stars Dustin Fletcher and Gavin Wanganeen also unveiled as club Legends.

The night was two years in the making after the club declared the four would receive the honour way back in October, 2020, and - after two COVID-riddled years - it was finally able to come good on its promise with a fitting tribute where fans, past champions and club officials were able to celebrate the contributions of their champions.

>>>SEE ALL THE SPEECHES AND VIDEO FEATURES FROM A MAGICAL NIGHT BELOW

The Daniher brothers were all at the event, as was Essendon royalty in Tim Watson, four-time premiership coach Kevin Sheedy, three-time flag hero Mark Harvey, 1993 Norm Smith medallist Michael Long and a host of other famous faces.

Daniher, 61, received his award to a rousing applause from all in attendance.

"Neale, I know you have a strong foot in the Melbourne camp as well, but the Daniher family, plenty of whom are here tonight, are true Essendon royalty," President Paul Brasher said.

"Your continued determination to live life to the fullest and face 'the Beast' of MND with your trademark humour and fierce courage is nothing short of inspiring.

Neale Daniher walks on stage during Thursday night's Hall of Fame event. (Photo: AFL Photos)

"And I would say the same of your family who are here tonight ... I can't properly convey how inspiring you are to many people in this room tonight, and quite frankly, the AFL world and to the broader Australian community."

In a career spanning a remarkable 23 seasons, Fletcher is one of only five players in League history to have reached the 400-game milestone. The defender starred in a golden era for full-forwards to become a dual premiership player (1993, 2000) and 2000 Crichton medallist. 

The other 'Baby Bomber recognised at the event was Wanganeen.

He played 127 of his 300 games for Essendon (he later captained Port Adelaide) and he's the only Bomber to have won a Brownlow Medal in a premiership season, with his 1993 triumph also making him the first Indigenous player to win the League’s highest individual honour.

Kevin Sheedy embraces newly elevated club Hall of Fame Legend Gavin Wanganeen. (Photo: AFL Photos)

Wanganeen retired as a member of the Essendon and Indigenous Teams of the Century and is a member of the AFL Hall of Fame.

Recap all the speeches and video features from a magical night below.

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Hall of Fame | Paul Brasher speech

Essendon President Paul Brasher pays tribute to the club's newest Hall of Fame Legends.

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Hall of Fame Legend | Bruce Reid acceptance speech

Woody Reid speaks on behalf of his late father Dr Bruce Reid, who was elevated to Essendon Hall of Fame Legend.

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Hall of Fame Legend | Bruce Reid feature

More than just a doctor, the late Bruce Reid was a friend and mentor to many, becoming the fabric of the football club across several generations. James Hird pays tribute to the newly elevated Essendon Hall of Fame Legend.

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Hall of Fame Legend | Gavin Wanganeen acceptance speech

Gavin Wanganeen speaks after being elevated to Essendon Hall of Fame Legend.

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Hall of Fame Legend | Gavin Wanganeen feature

A stylish star who made the football talk, Gavin Wanganeen rose to astonishing heights in a brief but brilliant period as a Bomber. Kevin Sheedy discusses what made the newly elevated Essendon Hall of Fame Legend so special.

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Hall of Fame Legend | Neale Daniher acceptance speech

Ben Daniher speaks on behalf of his father Neale Daniher, who was elevated to Essendon Hall of Fame Legend on an emotional evening.

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Hall of Fame Legend | Neale Daniher feature

A champion in football and hero in life, Neale Daniher's legacy is inspiring and wide-reaching. Tim Watson honours his great mate and newly elevated Essendon Hall of Fame Legend.

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Hall of Fame Legend | Dustin Fletcher acceptance speech

Dustin Fletcher speaks after being elevated to Essendon Hall of Fame Legend.

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Hall of Fame Legend | Dustin Fletcher feature

It's hard to fathom ever seeing another career like Dustin Fletcher's. Mark Harvey details the newly elevated Essendon Hall of Fame Legend's journey from a raw, skinny schoolboy to club games record holder.

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Hall of Fame | Panel segment

A superstar line-up takes to the stage for the Bombers' Hall of Fame event at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

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