Australian Special Forces soldiers prepare to infiltrate a compound in Afghanistan.
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Infantry from the Australian 1st Brigade in a captured Turkish trench at Lone Pine, 6 August 1915, during the Battle of Gallipoli. Also present are members of the 7th Battalion, of the 2nd Brigade.
I remember going to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra (and the war memorial in Hyde Park on many an occasion) and seeing rooms filled with poignant images like these - groups of blokes that have clearly just seen some seriously damaging stuff and yet just have to continue on without reconciling the horrors they’ve witnessed. Stoic legends who laid everything on the line for our country. This is a day to honour everything they did but also to reflect on how we as a collective (I’m referring to Australian society but this also applies to other nations) should aim to uphold the values they were fighting for, many of which have become lost in an age of instant gratification, narcissism and lack of respect. Don’t allow their sacrifices to have been made in vain.
Afghanistan: Australian soldiers at the coalition base at Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. Picture: Australian Defence Force/ Gary Ramage
Afghanistan: Australian Artillery gunners, from the Darwin-based 8/12 Medium Regiment in Helmand at Forward Operating Base Armadillo. Picture: Australian Defence Force/ Gary Ramage
Lance Corporal Andrew Learmouth, from Mentoring Task Force Three, patrols the mountainous region of Zabzel Kalay in Northern Kandahar. Picture: Australian Defence
Special Operations Task Group soldiers disembark from a United States Army Ch-47 Chinook after operations in northern Kandahar, 19/10/2010.
Soldiers carry the coffins of Lance Corporal Andrew Jones, who was murdered by a rogue ANA soldier, and Australian Army Pilot Marcus Case. Case was killed when the Australian CH47 Chinook helicopter he was travelling in crashed. Both died on May 30 2011, in southern Afghanistan.
Australia has lost 39 Diggers since the Afghan war began in late 2001.
Picture: Gary Ramage