HMAS Huon (II) Freedom of Entry

HMAS Huon (II) Freedom of Entry on 4 May 2024

On Saturday 4 May 2024, HMAS Huon (II) will conduct a Freedom of Entry in Huonville, Tasmania. The Freedom of Entry ceremony centres on a procession that begins at a suitable staging point within the town or city. The Navy unit marches to the staging point to meet the official party.

The parade starts at 10:30am on Main Street, Huonville. The procession will leave Huonville Cenotaph and proceed down Main Street, finishing at Huonville Town Hall. Come and meet the crew at Huonville Town Hall 11:15am – 12:15pm.

The Freedom of Entry is a long-standing tradition performed by the Royal Australian Navy and all members of the public are welcome to watch. It is the highest accolade a town can bestow upon a military unit and is a mark of trust and respect.

During medieval times, fortress walls afforded cities protection from attacks. The citizens of walled cities refused to allow entry to armed groups, unless they were sure the troops would not attack. Denial of entry caused hardship to troops ‘on the march’. Long detours were often necessary to secure food and supplies. Troops soon saw the benefits of establishing good relations. Freedom of Entry was a privilege not easily won but highly prized.

Freedom of the City was usually granted to naval units in recognition of the defence of seaport cities and towns. Many vessels in the Royal Australian Navy fleet carry the names of land-locked centres and the honour includes several of those as well. The Huon Class Minehunters are named after Australian rivers.

Details

Date

4 May 2024,
10:30 am – 12:15 pm

Location

Main Street, Huonville
Tasmania

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