Remember the Australian Soldier

Remember the Australian Soldier

I am an Australian soldier; I stand tall and proud and true
I train and fight for freedom; I honour my country and I protect you
Tradition back to the Sudan and Boer where I’ve always served you well
As National Servicemen, volunteers and conscripts we’ve often been through hell
Right back to our fateful landing upon the ANZAC shore
The mateship that we honour is for company, regiment and corps

To the Aussie soldier courage, teamwork and initiative are barely but a start
For professionalism, loyalty and innovation are clearly in our heart
From the First World War where Australia mourned the loss of so many fine young men
And the role of women forever changed as we stood in support of them
Since World War II and wars beyond, from Vietnam to peace keeping today
Australian soldiers are deployed around the globe from their families far away

And I know each soldier joins the ranks because they feel it too
It’s the spirit of the Aussie digger; it’s what we call “true blue”
But contact front can take a life; a new name to cast upon the wall
In bronze to forever commemorate another loss too great to call
In Afghanistan we lost Russell, Pearce, Locke and Wood; McCarthy, Lambert, Marks
And forty-one names I could recite, please keep them in your hearts

For green on blue is not the way a soldier’s meant to die
As any loss of life through war is so hard to justify
And some returning cannot suppress the horror of warfare
That saturate their thoughts and dreams and sends them to despair
Sadly the number of soldiers affected by PTSD who are taking their own lives
Are far outweighed by the names cast in bronze, those men we highly prize

This growing toll also sacrificed so that we may live in peace today
Please stand tall and proud to honour their gift; God bless their souls I pray
And give strength to those who loved them best as we remember them always
We will honour their ANZAC spirit to the very end of days
But in life’s passing their mateship is still here with you- I believe it’s standing by your side
All I ask that you remember the Australian soldier with love and hope and pride

In appreciation to those who serve

Note:          If your loved one’s name appears in my poem, I have done so with the greatest of respect.

RIP fine soldier.

 


I would be honoured if you read my poem at any ANZAC Day service, Remembrance Day or other service as appropriate. Click to download a PDF copy.

 


A few years ago I wrote to Mark Knight requesting permission to reproduce his cartoon with my poem, and he posted back to me that it was fine to do so. His incredible cartoon represented exactly what I was trying to convey in my poem. Mark, if ever decide you no longer want your cartoon here, please let me know and I will remove it.