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07 May 2008


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An inspired poem, Jim. Helps people like me know how lucky we are, not to have been in a war. Keep 'em coming.

I first came across Jim's poem via an email from one of my friends in 2008 and was overwhelmed by the story. Tears flowed and I knew that this was a very special poem that I would treasure and share forever. Today I can recite the poem with just a little prompting and have read it every Anzac Day since. Tears still swell in my eyes and I still have difficulty continuing the poem towards the end. I have sent and given out hundreds of 4 page copies of the poem and always have extra copies with me on Anzac Day to pass on to friends and interested acquaintances . I guess I will now try and get a copy of Jim's recording. A truly beautiful poem and a very moving story.
Thank you Jim Brown.
John Harvey Newcastle NSW

I was passed an email about 'Anzac on the Wall' and there were two photographs at the end.

One was the same as the one featured on YouTube but the other one was a bit different but still looked as though it might be the same person. Does anyone know anything about this please?

Only today I discovered this beautiful work and immediately wrote to Jim hoping to get his recorded version. Like many others passed on by a friend.

The words are to be cherished, and it would appear they are by many people. I narrowly missed out on the Vietnam ballot and have friends who went to that war. I will bring the poem to their attention as soon as possible and I know they will appreciate it.

The poem is dad and friends are going overseas to Gallipoli this year...leaving tomorrow and will be over that way for ANZAC Day...his friend going with him found this poem. I'm going to read it to my residents in the nursing home this week...well done!!

I came to Australia many years ago and I'm fascinated with Australian history and I love poetry. I came across your poem and I thought it was so well written I just had to share it with friends, all of whom have been so impressed and moved by it, particularly on Anzac Day.- We have all lost family members in one war or another and many of us still have relatives in the forces or others that have served.the profound sentiments in your poem have touched us all.

Jeannie Dettori

Thank you Jim for that great nostalgic poem that what forwarded to me by my friend Jeannie Dettori , with her permission I posted it in my Australiana space prior to ANZAC day and evoked comments of appreciation to the author , as an exserviceman with twenty years in the army including South Vietnam and a brief time in the highlands of New Guinea in 1969 , primarily operating out of Menyamya , I have a great affinity to all service personnel and also a sense of feeling for PNG and its peoples , I am a poet and a poor writer now and Jeannie has the links to my works on spaces if you care to visit and comment , once again thanks for raising that poem and presenting it to the publics eyes
Ian Felton

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