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WHAT MY MEDALS MEAN - Jim Egan Ex Delta 4 RAR 1971-72 Vietnam

I’d never worn my medals, they were left there in the draw,
So when I finally took them out, it had been twenty years or more.
My daughter saw me take them out, and asked me what they’re for.
I looked at her and calmly said, “ They’re a reminder of a war”.
They remind me of the mates I had, who never made it back;
Who died in a stinking paddy field, or on a jungle track.
They remind me of the troubles, and the hardships we went through.
They remind me why we went there, it was for people just like you.
They remind me of the hellhole, while we were over there.
They remind me of our countrymen, who really didn’t care.
They remind me of the mateship, forged in a foreign land.
They remind me of a certain mate, who lost a bloody hand.
They remind me when we went away; we thought the reason was just.
They remind me of when we came back; they turned their backs on us.
They remind me of the time we spent, left there on our own.
They remind that it took twenty years, to welcome us back home.
They remind me of the suffering, the heartache and the pain.
They remind me if we’re called upon, we’d do it all again.
They remind me when I wear them next; the thoughts will come thru then,
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning; “WE WILL REMEMBER THEM”
Then I looked down at her smiling face, and I knew it had not got thru.
I said “Listen love, they’re to remind me, I did it all for you."