Hume honours the army

Soldiers from Maygar Barracks will soon march through the streets of Broadmeadows in a spectacular display of pageantry.

A Freedom of Entry parade will take place between 10.30am until 12.30pm on Saturday 21 November 2015, from Broadmeadows Town Park, on Pearcedale Parade, to Civic Plaza, on Pascoe Vale Road.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, invited everyone to come and watch the spectacle.

“A Freedom of Entry parade represents a significant civil tribute to military units and one which Broadmeadows has not seen for 16 years,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“It will be a great sight, and demonstrates the esteem held for the Australian Army and its deep connection to our community.

“The Australian Army has supported our nation through its darkest hours, and Hume wants to honour every soldier who has served in war and in peace.”

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the Freedom of Entry march was an important symbolic event.

“The origins of Freedom of Entry date back to medieval times, when armed men would be challenged at a gate when they sought to enter a city,” she said.

“While the streets of Broadmeadows are a long way from medieval England, the Freedom of Entry ceremony will be a great way for people to experience a fascinating tradition.”

Broadmeadows has played a significant role in the defence of Australia.

Fields around Camp Road played host to many soldiers before they headed overseas to serve in World War I and World War II.

In particular, Broadmeadows provided many ANZAC diggers with a final taste of Australian life in advance of a mission that included battle at Gallipoli.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume was very grateful to every soldier who was stationed at Maygar Barracks.

“Army officers have been a welcome part of Hume for many decades,” she said.

“The Freedom of Entry parade will be an occasion for the entire community, and I encourage residents to come along and meet other people from their neighbourhood.”

A range of activities will accompany the Freedom of Entry parade, with the Army to present a display of military vehicles.

Residents can also enjoy a free lunch, thanks to a sausage sizzle.

Further information is here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 5 November 2015

Updated : 6:47 PM, 5 November 2015

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