A national day of commemoration on 21 March 2015 marked the end of Operation Slipper, Australia’s military contribution to the ISAF and the ICAT missions across Afghanistan and the Middle East commenced in October 2001.
Commemorative activities were held across all states and territories, paying tribute to those who served as part of Operation Slipper.
Prime Minister, the Hon. Tony Abbot, noted “their mission is over, but our mission to stand with the veterans continues”.
“Australia’s contributions in Kabul, Uruzgan, Kandahar and Helmand, at other bases throughout the Middle East and aboard the ships of the Royal Australian Navy, have been significant,” he said.
“Australians fight for peoples’ right to live their own lives and to make their own choices free from fear and free from terror.”