Up to 50 Air Force personnel will take part in a key military march through the city tomorrow on 7 May.
Personnel from No 24 (City of Adelaide) Squadron will exercise their “Freedom of Entry” to mark the 70th anniversary of their relationship with the city.
The parade will commence from the Torrens Parade Ground at approximately 11:20am and continue along Kintore Avenue, past the War Memorial Monument on North Terrace, before turning onto King William Street towards the Adelaide Town Hall, where the Freedom of Entry will formally be exercised.
As the squadron marches towards Town Hall, an AP-3C Orion aircraft will also conduct a flypast at approximately 11:45am.
For the first time, a unique Indigenous smoking ceremony will take place between a Kaurna custodian, with the RAAF Indigenous Liaison Officer to broker access to the traditional lands of the Kaurna people.
City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor has encouraged city workers, shoppers, visitors and residents to take time out to view the parade and show their support for the squadron.
“Tomorrow’s ceremony promises to be quite a spectacle with a mass formation in uniform, with accompaniment by the police band and a ceremonial challenge taking place right outside Town Hall. We are also looking forward to a flypast by an Orion aircraft,” says the Lord Mayor.
“Freedom of Entry is an honour given by a local council, for example, to a military unit, in recognition of their exceptional service to the City.
“It’s one of our oldest surviving traditional ceremonies dating back to medieval times when military forces were granted permission to enter a city with their swords drawn, drums beating, bands playing and colours flying. Without a Freedom of Entry agreement, which indicates peaceful intent, military forces were often turned away at the city gates.”