It was my pleasure today to welcome Brian Freeman to Anglesea Barracks in Hobart on the final stages of his momentous journey to honour Australia’s 41 soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan.
Mr Freeman left Cape York on June 1 carrying the Roll of Honour from the Australian War Memorial and completes his journey at South Cape on Saturday when 41 poppies will be released into the Southern Ocean.
The Hodgman Liberal Government is a committed supporter of our servicemen and women and our veterans and we greatly admire Mr Freeman’s commitment of running 65km a day for 65 days through 89 towns and cities.
During many of these legs by the Walking Wounded team, Mr Freeman has been accompanied by family members of the fallen and colleagues from the armed forces.
On the Roll of Honour being carried by Mr Freeman are the names of two Tasmanians – Corporal Richard Atkinson and Corporal Cameron Baird, VC, MG.
Corporal Atkinson served with the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment and was killed in action on February 2, 2011, by a detonating an IED. Corporal Baird served with the 2nd Commando Regiment and was killed in action during an engagement with insurgents on June 22, 2013.
Corporal Baird was the 100th Australian to be awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery and ultimate sacrifice.
We admire and respect Mr Freeman’s dedication and respect to his fallen colleagues and their families and, on behalf of all Tasmanians, we wish him God’s speed to South Cape.
Lest We Forget.
Guy Barnett, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier