Image by CPL Colin Dadd, sourced viahttps://images.navy.gov.au
Up to 400 naval personnel will take part in a major military march through the City tomorrow.
Officers and sailors from HMAS Adelaide, one of the Royal Australian Navy’s two Amphibious Assault Ships, will be granted “Freedom of Entry” by the City of Adelaide.
The parade will commence from the Torrens Parade Ground at approximately 10.40am and continue along King William Street towards the Adelaide Town Hall, where the Freedom of Entry will formally be conferred.
Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor has urged city shoppers, visitors and residents to take time out to view the parade and show their support for the ship’s company.
“Tomorrow’s ceremony promises to be quite a spectacle with a massed formation, military music and a ceremonial challenge taking place right outside Town Hall,” she said.
The tradition of Freedom of Entry originates from a custom observed by British regiments in seeking permission to march through the City of London.
It is a privilege extended only to a trusted military unit which has a close association with a city.