The tour will begin from the USS Midway in San Diego on August 12 th and will finish in New York on September 10 at the USS Intrepid .after covering 4200 kms, 2600 miles and 29 days later .It is a journey we are very much looking forward too.
This event aims to demonstrate the respect and admiration we hold for the military, police, fire- fighters and emergency service workers who serve our countries with diligence, care and selflessness. It will mark the respect for all those who responded to the unimaginable and devastating attacks on September 11 and who continue to serve in the fight against terrorism, for freedom and peace.
The United States and Australia share many common bonds in peace and war, historically, politically and culturally. Our ancestors migrated to establish new frontiers and today we stand united as allies, as we have done in every major conflict since World War I.
We stand together in the continuing battle for justice, liberty and peace. It is our service personnel who give of their lives so that we may all enjoy the quality of life and personal freedoms that we cherish and so often take for granted.
The Tour of Duty team will be the coming together of Australian and American military, police and fire fighting personnel. They will unite in this event to commemorate and reflect upon the service of the people that protect our nations. It will provide the opportunity to celebrate the history shared
by our people, the values of humanity, mateship, camaraderie and self sacrifice.
As allies we have a shared history and as allies we shall forge and sustain a future of goodwill, courage and hope.