It is with great sadness Nicky and I read about the accidential death of Warrant Officer Russell Nary who was killed in an accident in the Middle East.
We extend our most sincerely condolences to WO Nary's family and we wish in our small way to let them know that many, many Australians appreciate the job he did in helping to defend our freedom and to offer the same hope for a brighter, self-determined future to people in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Our troops, in particular the SAS, are acknowledged as amongst the best in the world and rightly lauded for their courage, innovation, sense of humour and unfailing ability to get the job done.
This Friday is 11/11 - Armistace Day in some countries, Remembrance Day in others.
Wear a poppy or a spring of rosemary or if you can, thank a serving member of our military and a veteran of previous wars.
Lest we forget.
Update: In the interests of keeping the record straight, I've just read that Russell Nary's rank may have been sergeant major.