Eighty Mile Beach Memorial

“80 Mile Beach Memorial” Words and Music by Terry Bennetts

At Eighty Mile Beach, on the Pilbara coast
Of Australia’s remote North West
Here a white picket fence
Surrounds a white cross that bears
The words “Lest We Forget”

Built by the men who had fought in that War
In the jungles of South Vietnam
With Mateship and pride
They worked side by side
And their Memorial now proudly stands

Then on the 18th of August, in the year of 09
They raised our flag way on high
And there in the sand
They remembered Long Tan
And all of their mates who had died

And the strains of the Last Post and Waltzing Matilda
Rang out through the sand hills that day
And they all bowed their heads
As they honored our dead
With the sun going down ‘cross the bay

And now every year, they will return here
For just as long as their stout hearts will let them
But there’ll come the day
When only memories remain
But we shall never forget them

For when the strains of the Last Post and Waltzing Matilda
Ring out every year on that day
We will all bow our heads
And we’ll honor our dead
With the sun going down ‘cross the bay
We will all bow our heads
And we’ll honored our dead
With the sun going down ‘cross the bay

80 Mile Beach Memorial

Copyright © Terry and Jenny