Colin F. Jones

THE RAS BADGE
(Returned from Active Service)

Returned From Active Service (RAS) BadgeAlthough I like my medals
All hanging on my chest
To show where I was fighting
Doing my very best
There’s only one I value
Way above the rest
My Returned From Active Service Badge
Which none can ere contest.
It’s the badge of hope and courage
The badge of blood and war
That makes me proud: a veteran,
And an Australian to the core.
Tis the badge of faith and mateship,
And a whole lot bloody more.