No. 24 RAAF Squadron Freedom of Entry through the City of Adelaide
On Monday, October 30 the public is invited to witness a spectacular military march along King William Street as the NO. 24 RAAF Squadron exercises its Freedom of Entry to the City of Adelaide.
The Freedom of Entry March is an historic practice dating back to 1661 where the Lord Mayor of London was notified when military units entered the city to raise recruits.
Today, the granting of Freedom of Entry to the City of Adelaide provides a dignified way for Council to honour a distinguished unit of the Australian Defence Forces with a close association to the City. Once granted, the squadron has the right to march through the City’s streets on ceremonial occasions in full parade – which is exactly what will happen on Monday, October 30.
Some 100 squadron personnel will be accompanied by the Air Force Band and will march in full regalia from the front of Government House on the corner of North Terrace and King William Street to Adelaide Town Hall and then finishing in Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga. This event comprises of three key components – each occurring in view of the public so you can choose to follow the proceedings from start to finish or pick a viewing spot along the route*
*Please Note: no special public viewing areas will be set up at any of the key zones.
Government House (ceremonial form and march) | 2pm
The squadron will march from Government House onto King William Street up to Adelaide Town Hall.
Adelaide Town Hall (ceremonial Challenge) | 2:10pm
Tradition dictates that a regiment’s Freedom of Entry be officially challenged. This will occur outside the front of Adelaide Town Hall’s main entrance, where the march will halt at approx. 2:10pm. The Challenge will be issued by South Australian Assistant Police Commissioner to the Commanding Officer of the No. 24 Squadron. The Challenge takes about 5 minutes to complete.
Fly over | 2:10pm
A P-8A Poseidon aircraft (pictured) will fly over the march to commemorate the occasion.
Victoria Square (fall out/dispersal) | 2:20pm
After Freedom of Entry has been exercised the march will continue to Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga for dispersal.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the City of Adelaide website.
What: No. 24 RAAF Squadron Freedom of Entry
When: Monday 30 October 2017 | 2pm – 2:20pm
Where: King William Street in front of Government House, Adelaide Town Hall and Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga
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Image Source: City of Adelaide
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