RAAF Base Darwin exercise of Freedom of entry
Watch the challenge on Knuckey St near Raintree Park
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The RAAF Base exercise of Freedom of Entry Parade commences at 10 am on Saturday, 9 October from the Civic Centre, with the challenge in Knuckey Street.
Parade concludes at the Darwin Cenotaph
Darwin’s city centre will be transformed into a ceremonial frontline as City of Darwin hosts a historical Exercise of Freedom of Entry Parade for RAAF Base Darwin.
Freedom of Entry dates back to medieval times when military forces were granted permission to enter a city with their colours flying, bands playing, drums beating and swords drawn, as a sign of peaceful intent. Military forces were often turned away at the city gates without a Freedom of Entry agreement.
Today, the granting of Freedom of Entry to the military is an entirely ceremonial honour and the highest accolade bestowed by the elected Council Members of Darwin.
City of Darwin is proud to honour the RAAF Base Darwin on their 100th Anniversary.