Remember the Australian Soldier
by Captain Lisa Ride
Australian Army Reserve (1981-2016)
I train and fight for freedom, I honour my country and I protect you
Established in the Sudan and Boer I’ve always done you proud
With Volunteers and Regiments from Federation to conflicts now
And the women who supported- the nurses who cared for them
From our fateful landing upon the ANZAC Cove
The mateship that we honour is bound by all we know
For professionalism, loyalty and innovation are clearly in our heart
From World War II and wars beyond, from Vietnam to peace keeping today
Australian soldiers are deployed around the globe from their families far away
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
McCarthy, Lambert, Marks
Forty-one names for me to recite
Please keep them in your hearts
As any loss of life in war is so hard to justify
And those returning still live the hell, the smells, sights sounds and fear
That follow them in dreams and thoughts, some take them to despair
Is 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 that gift; God bless their souls I pray
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
I ask that you remember the Australian Soldier
With love and hope and pride
If I have used a loved ones name, I do so with the greatest of respect. RIP good soldier.
To those who serve God bless you.
Thank you for sharing your story and your beautiful poetry Lisa!
Till next time... we will remember them.
Lest we forget.