City offers freedom
PROUD: Sgt Carly Baxter, of Charters Towers will take part in today’s parade HEAR ye, hear ye all Charters Towers residents are invited to a medieval ceremony complete with sword-bearing soldiers and a marching band.
The 10th Force Support Battalion will be granted Freedom of Entry to the city of Charters Towers today with about 180 soldiers to march from King St to Lissner Park.
Senior-Sergeant Graham Lohmann will challenge Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Phil McMaster as part of the ceremony and he will reply the Battalion has the right to march with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing and colours flying before proceeding on his way.
The Battalion will then be met at the park where they will conduct a parade by reviewing officer Mayor Ben Calcott.
10 FSB has been granted the ancient honour of Freedom of Entry to Charters Towers due to the many links between the Battalion and the western city.
Lt-Col McMaster said the ceremony would begin at 10am with much fanfare thanks to music provided by the 1RAR band.
Charters Towers woman Sergeant Carly Baxter’s proud friends and family will be waving her on from the sidelines as she participates in the ceremony.
‘‘ It’s a proud moment for me represent the army in front friends and family,’’ she said. to of