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    “We Shall Keep the Faith”


    Oh! You who sleep in Flanders Fields,
    Sleep sweet-to rise anew!
    We caught the torch you threw
    And holding high, we keep the Faith
    With all who died.


    We cherish, too, the poppy red
    That grows on fields where valour led;
    It seems to signal to the skies
    That blood of heroes never dies,
    But lends a lustre to the red
    Of the flower that blooms above the dead
    In Flanders Fields.


    And now the Torch and Poppy red
    We wear in honour of our dead.
    Fear not that ye have died for naught;
    We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
    In Flanders Fields.


    Miss Moina Michael (1869-1944),


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    For the first time in 10 years the kids are not marching (wife and son have to work), and I wont be going due to work as well.
     
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    DeeJai Is that Magic Smoke?!?

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    They went with songs to the battle,
    they were young.

    Straight of limb, true of eyes,
    steady and aglow.

    They were staunch to the end
    against odds uncounted,

    They fell with their faces to the foe.


    They shall grow not old,
    as we that are left grow old:

    Age shall not weary them,
    nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun
    and in the morning,


    We will remember them.


    LEST WE FORGET
     
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    Diggers Lament

    It was with great sadness, that we saw
    a dusty old digger, turned from the door
    for a century he and his mates had drunk
    and laughed and cried, and lived through war

    But now it seems, he is not the right class
    No suit, no tie, no belt of brass
    To him it was all a tragic mystery
    Who were these Australians, who had forgotten their own history?

    Somewhat in shock, we skulled our beers
    and rushed to join, our aging peer
    hey cobber, we yelled, knowing his tounge
    he turned and stared, eyeing us one by one

    We built this bloody country, said he
    with our bloody hands
    we spilt our blood, we gave our youth
    and this is the thanks we have

    In our day the pub was for one and all
    a place for laugh and cheer
    at the very least, an honest bloke
    could find an honest beer

    Now noone wants to know us
    they throw us on the street
    sometimes I wonder why we bothered
    getting butchered, like raw meat

    the fair dinkums we were known as
    as we fought the war of hate
    but most of all, we aussie blokes
    fought for one another - as good mates

    Now I look around at Sydney
    Well, it just ain't the same
    the crowds - they aren't my people
    what they are is just a shame

    they shove, they push, they toot their horns
    they speak american if you're lucky
    the dinkum aussies, my cobbers and I
    we're disappearing in a hurry

    there's no shouting, mateship or blokeyness
    and 'bloody oath' is considered crude
    they think they are all winners
    I just think they're bloody rude

    they carry on, throughout their lives
    chasing the almighty zac
    but they know no joy, they have no mates
    they'll die alone - for moneys sake

    and what's worse, he sighed, is not here and now
    but where we're going to be
    and I ask myself, as I slowly die
    what happened to my country.

    David Downie, 2000

    Lest we Forget
     
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    Just got home from the dawn service. in a town of about 30000 about 5000 turned up, good effort
     
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