The memorial commemorating the names of soldiers from Oruzgan Province killed in action against our Islamist enemy
This is a difficult issue and there's no clear answer to make everyone happy.
We've shared Camp Holland in Oruzgan Province with troops from several other nations. The US, The Netherlands and France have lost men killed in action in Oruzgan and their names are commemorated on the same memorial as the names of our war dead.
In all 114 names appear on the concrete wall in military stencil style writing - 40 of those are Australian men killed in action.
The agreement between the forces from the US, Holland, France and Australia is that the wall be broken up and buried to save it from descecration by our Islamist enemies after we leave in December. No proposal for repatriation for safekeeping to a country with skin in the game was considered and none was put forward by Australia.
I know that a bit of media commentary on the issue was generated earlier this week when Ian McPhedran of News Limited filed this story from the base in Afghanistan.
Today I've received a few notes pointing out that many diggers feel strongly about the issue and are looking to Australia's brass to take the lead by producing a plan for the repatriation of the memorial wall to Australia. I'm told the Australian War Memorial has promised it would take responsibility for the installation and care of the memorial here.
There are a couple of points that are important to me in talking about the petition I've been asked to promote. The first is that young blokes who have served kicked the petition off - but you should know who they are and this website will give you some insight http://www.youngdiggers.com.au/
It's hosted by Change.org and that organisation makes money from hosting petitions, you might find yourself on a Change.org list.
The wording of the petition is very direct in dropping the complex ball into the lap of the ADF command with a request that the ADF "save" the memorial.
There's not much by way of how that might best be achieved, given that the interests of other nations are so inextricably involved.
Here's the link which should take you to the site that hosts the petition.
Only those who went with mates to serve together can know what that wall means. One day you're on a plane talking about plans for when you get home and then the stencil kit and paint comes out and a bloke's name is on the wall.
For those who have knelt, sat, contemplated, felt survivor guilt, missed their mate or simply stood unable to gather any coherence to complex thoughts in front of the wall, may I say thank you for your service and may your mates Rest in Peace.