Freedom of Entry
In accordance with military law and tradition, cities can grant the right to Freedom of Entry to military units, authorising them to freely march through the streets to mark ceremonial occasions with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing and ensign flying.
The honour of the Freedom of Entry became popular during the nineteenth century and draws inspiration from medieval history. A Freedom of Entry is the highest honour a city may bestow on the Australian Defence Force and is celebrated with a ceremonial parade through the city streets.
The honour of Freedom of Entry to Singleton has been bestowed on:
- 9 September 2016
- 27 August 2011
- 29 July 2006
- 20 October 2001
- 10 September 1988
- 10 September 1966
FREEDOM OF ENTRY - OCTOBER 2022
Be a part of history in October 2022 when hundreds of soldiers from the Lone Pine Barracks School of Infantry march through the streets of Singleton town centre, celebrating the 55th anniversary of the granting of Freedom of Singleton to the Singleton Military Area (postponed from 2021 due to COVID-19).
The parade will march through the streets of Singleton, forming on Hunter Street before marching along John Street, briefly halting for a special challenge to their right of entry. The procession will then move along Dr Maffey Drive and conclude at Civic Park.
In what promises to be a truly impressive sight, the Freedom of Entry parade is not to be missed and members of the public are encouraged to line the streets.
There will be road closures and a disruption to traffic at the time of the parade.