Today I met with mates of mine Good mates I have from another time Some now are grey and others are bent We shared our memories of times long spent A reunion of sorts was Tribute 08 Our welcome home four decades too late
Some didn't make it for reasons not known Genuine reasons that each of us own Others who now have passed on from this life Are represented by a son or a wife They're all gathered here at Tribute 08 To hear what is said and not to debate.
A trip back in time down memory lane Of the war that our country hid from in shame And we the veterans who were treated like dirt Facing ridicule and scorn and feeling the hurt. So now's the time here at Tribute 08 When those in high places did put it all straight
The Prime Minister first her apology was made On national TV and to us on parade From the General's apology which we all heard "Defence let you down" those were his words Tears flowed here at Tribute 08 And from us that are here there'll be no more hate.
The RSA too had things to say Of the treatment they meted back then in that day Recognition confirmed and a new medal too I bid Haere ra comrades, good mates all of you We'll look back here one day at Tribute 08 And remember the events that occurred on this date.