Designed from my Original artwork called 'The Dust of Uruzgan' which was painted on ANZAC Day 2023.
This was painted on ANZAC Day 2023 as my personal tribute to all the past and present service men, women and animals and their ultimate sacrifices for our freedom. The red poppy symbolises the fallen service men and women, and the purple poppy symbolises the fallen service animals, and their ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
In November 2001 Australian SAS troops joined the war in Afghanistan. C-130 Hercules aircraft provided logistic support to the SAS, while F/A-18 Hornets contributed to air defence at the American Indian Ocean base of Diego Garcia. The two major operations over the next 20 years were Operation Slipper and Operation Highroad.
During this time, 41 Australian troops were killed and 261 wounded.
‘The Dust of Uruzgan’ is named after the song by Fred Smith who was the first Australian diplomat to be posted to Uruzgan in July of 2009. He wrote a powerful collection of songs about the realities of life for soldiers and civilians in this difficult war.
On Fred’s first day in Uruzgan, he attended a memorial service for the first soldier killed in the conflict. His name was Ben Ranaudo. Fred then wrote this song about what happened to Ben.
The lyrics include:
“… Me and Benny sat together flying into Kandahar
And we sucked back on our near beers in the Camp Baker Bar
We were up at 0530, we were on the Herc and out
And in twenty flying minutes we were in to Tarin Kowt
We shook hands as the boys ripped out from MRTF 1
Pretty soon were out patrolling in the Afghan summer sun
Walking through the green zones with a Styer in my hand
Body armour chafing through the dust of Uruzgan…”
❤🌺 LEST WE FORGET ❤🌺
Nothing beats a warm, good quality hoodie. This mid-weight unisex supply hoodie is made of 80% cotton and 20% polyester anti-pill fleece and for sure is the piece of clothing you need. It also features a kangaroo pocket, sleeve cuff ribbing, and is preshrunk to minimize shrinkage.
- 80% cotton, 20% polyester (fiber content may vary for different colors)
- Medium-heavy fabric (8.5 oz /yd² (290 g/m²)
- Available in 6 colours
- Large original image on front
- Sewn in label
- Regular fit
- Printed on Demand (POD) in Australia for Australian orders
- Printed on Demand (POD) from closest country of buyers origin as possible to minimise shipping costs
Please note that you may receive multiple parcels when ordering.
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