Entrance to the avenue
The rugged, rocky entrance to The Avenue of Honour serve as a reminder of Afghanistan's harsh and forbidding environment and difficult battle terrain.
Of the two soldiers standing guard at the entrance to the Avenue , the profile of the one on the left is that of Commando Benjamin Chuck.
"Here is their spirit, in the heart of the land they loved, and here we guard the record which they themselves made."
Charles Bean, Founder Australian War Memorial
The sandy coloured pathway is a reminder of the desert hues and dusty conditions endured by all who served and fought in this unforgiving theatre of war.
"I will go where others fear to go.
I will do what others cannot do.
I will face the impossible and triumph always,
I seek neither fame nor glory, nor medals nor praise,
I seek only the acknowledgement of my brother operators
For they alone can judge me.
To be counted amongst them is my greatest honour."
Excerpt from the Commando Creed
Benches and informative plaques along The Avenue invite visitors to sit and reflect. Hand wrought sprigs of Rosemary are featured in the iron art and bollards along the way, a national symbol of remembrance.