Australian personnel who served on Operation SLIPPER will have their achievements and sacrifices recognised with a national commemorative parade to be held in every state and territory capital and Townsville on 21 March.
The national commemorative parades will honour more than 34,500 Australian personnel from the Australian Defence Force, the Australian Federal Police, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and other government agencies.
The marches will bring together all serving Australian Defence Force personnel, along with former members and others who served in what became Australia’s longest operation stretching from 2001 to 2014.
To mark the national commemorative activities the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, has endorsed a range of commemorative products.
The products will be of interest to people with a link to the operation through service, support roles or family, although great interest is also expected from the wider community.
Funds generated through the sale of the commemorative products will be donated to charities dedicated to the welfare and wellbeing of servicemen and women, Soldier On, Legacy, Navy's own Keeping Watch, RAAF Welfare Trust Fund and the Army Relief Trust Fund.
Defence-linked industries - big and small - have thrown their support behind the commemorative products and have funded the presentation of a gold lapel pin for all who served in the area of operations.
Thales Australia, Nova Systems, SAAB Technologies and Military Shop have donated the full cost of the special pin to be presented to all who served, either at the marches, through work channels or online.
Stephen Davie from the Military Shop is coordinating the commemorative products.
He said the range was a tangible way for people, serving and non-serving, to support those returning from war.
“This is a wonderful initiative to commemorate the passing of a major operation while providing direct benefits to those members and their families who may need a little help from time-to-time,” Mr Davie said.
“We will always get behind those who serve.”
For information on local marches or to see the Operation SLIPPER commemorative range visit http://www.defence.gov.au/ceremonial/opSlipper.asp.
Canberra: The march along Anzac Parade will start at 9:30am.
Sydney: The parade along George St starts at 10am.
Adelaide: The parade will start from the University of South Australia Gate 13 at 10am.
Perth: The form up location for the 10am parade is the area opposite Wesley Church on Hay St, Perth.
Darwin: The parade starts from Cavenagh Street and Stott Lane at 10am.
Brisbane: The march will start from Adelaide Street at 10:30am.
Melbourne: The parade starts from the corner of Linlithgow Avenue and St Kilda Road at 10am.
Hobart: The parade will start from the Hobart Aquatic Centre car park at 10:30 am.
Townsville: The march will start from the Strand Park at 10am.