Lest we forget

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Reply By: Member - keith P (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 20:42

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 20:42
Banjo Paterson wrote as an open letter to the troops in 1915 a poem he titled "We're All Australians Now":



Australia takes her pen in hand,
To write a line to you,
To let you fellows understand,
How proud we are of you.

From shearing shed and cattle run,
From Broome to Hobsons Bay,
Each native-born Australian son,
stands straighter up today.

The man who used to "hump his drum",
On far-out Queensland runs,
Is fighting side by side with some
Tasmanian farmer's sons.

The fisher-boys dropped sail and oar
To grimly stand the test,
Along that storm-swept Turkish shore,
With miners from the west.
The old state jealousies of yore
Are dead as Pharaoh's sow,
We're not State children any more
We're all Australians now!

Our six-starred flag that used to fly,
Half-shyly to the breeze,
Unknown where older nations ply
Their trade on foreign seas,

Flies out to meet the morning blue
With Vict'ry at the prow;
For that's the flag the Sydney flew,
The wide seas know it now!

The mettle that a race can show
Is proved with shot and steel,
And now we know what nations know
And feel what nations feel.

The honoured graves beneath the crest
Of Gaba Tepe hill,
May hold our bravest and our best,
But we have brave men still.

With all our petty quarrels done,
Dissensions overthrown,
We have, through what you boys have done,
A history of our own.

Our old world diff'rences are dead,
Like weeds beneath the plough,
For English, Scotch, and Irish-bred,
They're all Australians now!

So now we'll toast the Third Brigade,
That led Australia's van,
For never shall their glory fade
In minds Australian.

Fight on, fight on, unflinchingly,
Till right and justice reign.
Fight on, fight on, till Victory
Shall send you home again.

And with Australia's flag shall fly
A spray of wattle bough,
To symbolise our unity,
We're all Australians now.
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Reply By: Member - Roger B (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 21:31

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 21:31
And another..........

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=7a9CcNDOEAg
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Reply By: guzzi - Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 12:34

Friday, Apr 25, 2008 at 12:34
And probably the most powerful of them all......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlYynHmE8b0&feature=related

Says it all really

Lest we forget
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