Official release of the SASR Golden Jubilee Rose
25 March 2014
A golden rose for a golden year - the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Golden Jubilee Rose to mark Regiment’s 50th anniversary will be launched at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show tomorrow, Wednesday, 26 March 2014.
The SASR Golden Jubilee Rose was propagated by Landsdale Rose Gardens in the Regiment’s home state of Western Australia.
Special Operations Commander Australia Brigadier Dan McDaniel DSC, DMS said the SASR Golden Jubilee was an occasion to celebrate the achievements of the Regiment since 1964 and honour the supporting role of the wider SASR family.
“For 50 years the SASR has represented the peak standard of soldiering, through its rigorous selection and training procedures, and in operations at home and overseas, with the motto - Who Dares Wins,” Brigadier McDaniel said.
“In that time, 48 SASR members have died on operations or in training incidents. Another 20 have died in other circumstances and more than 200 have been wounded.
“As well as celebrating the achievements of the Regiment, the SASR Golden Jubilee is also a chance to recognise the wider SAS family – including the SASR, the SAS Resources Fund, the SAS Historical Foundation, the SASR Auxiliary and the Australian SAS Association – who supported the families of the fallen and those who have been injured in body or mind.”
Commanding Officer of the SASR, Lieutenant Colonel G (identity protected) said part of the sales of the SASR Golden Jubilee Rose would go to the SAS Resources Fund.
“The SAS Resources Fund is a charitable trust established after the Black Hawk disaster of June 1996, in which 15 SASR members and three members of the 5th Aviation Regiment were killed,” Lieutenant Colonel G said.
“By buying the SASR Golden Jubilee Rose, the public can show support for the SAS family and for those who have been killed or wounded in the service of the regiment and our nation.”
The SASR Golden Jubilee Rose is available from members of the Rose Introducers of Australia chain and Bunnings retail garden centres.
Established in 1964, the SASR has seen service in a range of operations, from the jungles of Borneo and Vietnam, to the defence of Australia and counter-terrorism, peacekeeping in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and more recent engagements in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
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