HMAS Ararat Freedom of Entry

Date
16 June 2018

Time
1:30pm

Where
Ararat, VIC

Website

Cost
Nil

The crew of HMAS Ararat (II) will conduct a Freedom of Entry march through the city of Ararat at 1:30pm on Saturday, 16 June.

The march will begin at Edith Cavell Memorial Reserve and continue along Barkly Street to the Cenotaph, where Acting Mayor of the Ararat Rural City Council, Mrs Gwenda Allgood, will grant entry to the crew of the Armidale class Patrol Boat.

This will be the first time HMAS Ararat (II) has conducted a Freedom of Entry march in the Victorian city and all locals and visitors to the area are encouraged to attend this historic event.

The Royal Australian Navy Band will be supporting this event.

The granting of Freedom of Entry is a tradition with medieval origins and is the highest accolade a city can bestow upon a group. It is a mark of trust and confidence for citizens to allow a formed body of armed soldiers to enter a city and is no less readily won or lightly given today than it was centuries ago.

HMAS Ararat sails off the coast off Darwin during their Mission Readiness Evaluation.
HMAS Ararat sails off the coast off Darwin during their Mission Readiness Evaluation.