Tributes

The Australian Peacekeeper

Nikki Reggett, (15 years old)
Dedicated to my Daddy who served as a Peacemaker in Somalia 1994

in honour of Australian Peacekeepers on Australian Peacekeeper Day 14 September 2008

They are the veterans from the hidden wars
That many do not know
They have fought for the peace of others
And recognition we do owe

They are the veterans often not acknowledged
Though they always wish they were
They are the forgotten ones on ANZAC day
Iím sure they will concur

Indonesia, Cambodia, Somalia
Not just the great wars and Vietnam
All fought for one gift in mind
Their sacrifice is no sham

They have served their country under blue beret
Keeping peace where it is needed
They put others above their lives
Their duty they have exceeded

They are the veterans who often are not acknowledged
Though they always wish they were
They are the forgotten ones on ANZAC day
Iím sure they will concur

Their stories not relayed
No learning from their mistakes
They sacrificed their all
Not worrying about what was at stake

These men fought with the United Nations
Who served for others peace
In Rwanda, Bouganville and Pakistan
Their loyalty to Australia will never cease

They are proud to be Aussie veterans
Though often not seen as such
They are the just some average guys
Yet Australians owe them much

They are the veterans who often arenít acknowledged
Though they always wish they were
They are the forgotten ones on ANZAC day
Iím sure they will concur

Donít forget the young veterans who sacrificed
Their livelihood for you today
For they served in different conflicts
But same price they have had to pay