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25 April 2012 @ 06:34 pm
 
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A BROWN SLOUCH HAT by George Wallace 1942

There is a symbol, we love and adore it
You see it daily wherever you go.
Long years have passed since our fathers once wore it,
What is the symbol that we should all know,

It's a brown slouch hat with the side turned up, and it means the world to me,
Its the symbol of our Nation the land of Liberty.
And as soldiers they wear it, how proudly they bear it for all the world to see.
Just a brown slouch hat with the side turned up, heading straight for Victory.

Don't you thrill as young Bill passes by
Don't you beam at the gleam in his eye?
Head erect, shoulders square, tunic spic and span
Ev'ry inch a soldier and ev'ry inch a man.
As they swing down the street, aren't they grand?
Three abreast to the beat of the band.
But what do we remember when the boys have passed along,
Marching by so brave and strong.

It's a brown slouch hat with the side turned up, and it means the world to me,
Its the symbol of our Nation the land of Liberty.
And as soldiers they wear it, how proudly they bear it for all the world to see.
Just a brown slouch hat with the side turned up, heading straight for Victory.

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byslantedlight: Slanted poppy summerbyslantedlight on April 25th, 2012 08:49 am (UTC)
D'you know I found out not long ago that the slouch hat was only just coming in when the soldiers were at Gallipoli - alot of Aussie soldiers wore uniform that was just like the British uniform, still, and I must admit that in the past I've blinked at captions to photos saying "Australian troops" and thought is that right?. Apparently it was, though... so here's to remembering the blokes wearing the old kit too!
miwahnimiwahni on April 25th, 2012 09:33 am (UTC)
That's interesting - I didn't know when the changeover happened but I thought that we fought in British uniform during the Boer War.
Regardless of what they wore, I raise a toast to them on this ANZAC Day.
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byslantedlight: Slanted poppy summerbyslantedlight on April 25th, 2012 09:37 am (UTC)
Oh, I like that cartoon - mind if I pinch it and include it in the lj-post I'm writing right now?
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on April 25th, 2012 09:40 am (UTC)
Go for it. I found it on a friend's facebook and it really spoke to me.
Strike while the irony is hot: EMO -- SADdraycevixen on April 25th, 2012 10:43 am (UTC)

Lest we forget. ♥
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on April 26th, 2012 10:56 am (UTC)
The way the world is at the moment, the number of returned servicemen is on the rise again. We won't forget.
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miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on April 26th, 2012 10:56 am (UTC)
Very much so, it's part of our cultural identity.