Unselfishly, you left your fathers and your mothers,
You left behind your sisters and your brothers.
Leaving your beloved children and wives,
You put on hold, your dreams your lives.

On foreign soil, you found yourself planted
To fight for those whose freedom you granted.
Without your sacrifice, their cause would be lost
But you carried onward, no matter the cost.

Many horrors you had endured and seen.
Many faces had haunted your dreams.
You cheered as your enemies littered the ground;
You cried as your brothers fell all around.

When it was over, you all came back home,
Some were left with memories to face all alone;
Some found themselves in the company of friends
As their crosses cast shadows across the land.

Those who survived were forever scarred
Emotionally, physically, permanently marred.
Those who did not now sleep eternally
Neath the ground they had given their lives to keep free.

With a hand upon my heart, I feel
The pride and respect; my reverence is revealed
In the tears that now stream down my upturned face
As our flag waves above you, in her glory and grace.

Freedom was the gift that you unselfishly gave
Pain and death was the price that you ultimately paid.
Every day, I give my utmost admiration
To those who fought to defend our nation.

Karla W. Daigle

Many thanks to Peggy O'Hara who sent me the information
on the author and title of this wonderful poem,
"Our Absent Brothers" written by
Karla W. Daigle.
Unfortunately I do not have an email contact for Karla
at this point in time, rest assured I will advise
further contact information as soon as it comes to hand.

Please email Judy if you have or know of an email contact for
Karla W. Daigle.

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I dedicate this page to all Australian and New Zealand
armed forces personnel, known as....
The Anzacs.
The term 'Anzac' (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps)
had it's beginning on the shores of Gallipoli,
25th April 1915.
On this date each year we pay hommage to all armed
forces personnel, past and present, many who have given their life
that we can live in relative freedom today.

They shall not grow 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.
We will remember them.

~~ Lest We Forget ~~

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