Residents in the north are being encouraged to attend a commemoration ceremony and parade in Townsville on Saturday to mark the completion of Operation SLIPPER.
Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald said Townsville will join cities across the nation hosting welcome home parades for the more than 34,500 Australian personnel who were deployed as part of the longest operation in Australia’s military history.
“As our nation’s largest garrison city, Townsville is a focal-point of this milestone event, and I encourage everyone to come out and show their support,” Senator Macdonald said.
Operation SLIPPER was the nation’s contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan and the International Coalition against Terrorism mission in Afghanistan and the Middle East, which commenced in October 2001, concluding in December last year.
“Forces from Townsville made a significant and successful contribution over the life of Operation SLIPPER and this is an opportunity to showcase our pride in our defence personnel and to thank them for their service,” said the Senator.
Senator Macdonald, who is in Canberra this week, will be attending the Brisbane parade marking the end of operation SLIPPER.
“Wherever you are in Australia I urge you to join in this event of national significance,” said Senator Macdonald.
The Townsville parade will commence at 10am on Saturday at the Strand Park and continue to ANZAC Park.
For further information visit: http://www.defence.gov.au/ceremonial.opslipper.asp.