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The end of 2014 will mark the conclusion of Operation SLIPPER, Australia’s military contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan, and the
International Coalition against Terrorism (ICAT) mission across Afghanistan and the Middle East which commenced in October 2001.
Since Australia commenced deployments to Afghanistan, over 33000 Australian Defence Force personnel, Australian Public Service employees and Australian Federal Police have deployed to
the Middle East Area of Operations as part of the operation. The Prime Minister announced, on Saturday 01 March 2014, that a nation-wide commemoration activity marking the end of
Operation SLIPPER will be held on Saturday 21 March 2015. A commemoration activity will be conducted in each State and Territory capital city and Townsville.
Follow the link below for information regarding your city’s march details
March and Memorial Service
The march will commence at 0930 h. The memorial service will take place straight after the march on the grounds of the Australian War Memorial.
Transport will be provided by ACTION Buses for participants and their families to and from the parade, departing from the Russell precinct. Participants are responsible for their own transport to the Russell precinct.
Bus pick up points
The bus pick-up point for participants and their families will be the Russell car park precinct from 0800 h.
Car parking will be provided for participants and their families at the Russell precinct. Members of the public are advised that the large number of people attending the event will limit the parking available at the Memorial site. The public is encouraged to use alternative methods such as public transport.
March form up point
The form up point for the march will be along Anzac Parade, at the intersection of Currong St and Anzac Parade.
Navy – S2 with medals, less sword
Army – 2A, less sword
RAAF – Ceremonial Dress 4C, less sword
AFP – Uniform members – Ceremonial uniform with tunic and medals
Plain clothes members – Business suit or equivalent with medals
Ex-service, APS and non-uniformed government agency personnel – business suit with medals
Pick up point at conclusion of the parade
The bus pick up point at the completion of the OP SLIPPER parade will be Treloar Cresent, directly behind the Australian War Memorial, up until 1330 h.
Route for the march
The march will commence along Anzac Parade at 0930 h and will proceed on to the grounds of the Australian War Memorial.
A coffee service will be available at the form up point.
After the ceremony
A free sausage sizzle will be offered to serving and ex-serving veterans and their families based on first come, first served. This will be held at Remembrance Nature Park and will be conducted by volunteers from the local community.
Point of Contact
Contact the Parade Coordinator via email to OPSLIPPER.Commemoration-CBR@defence.gov.au