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12 stones (TF 3-09 memorial)

Lieutenant Justin Garrett Boyes
Sapper Steven Henry Marshall
Lieutenant Andrew Richard Nuttall
Private Garrett William Chidley
Corporal Zachery McCormack
Sergeant Kirk Taylor
Sergeant George Miok
Sergeant John Wayne Faught
Corporal Joshua Caleb Baker
Corporal Darren James Fitzpatrick
Private Tyler William Todd
Private Kevin Thomas McKay

And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal.
Joshua 4:20 King James version

what silence that we should see
twelve stones, faced, in tans, at ease
on easels before the sea of greens,
the shore, your homeland, come to honour
thee, yes thee I choose the old-fashioned word
for you, because you heard a call
and what you did, and why and how
so greater than you, no debate
unfashionable, you just did it in our name
took the shit from all sides, but still you did
I witnessed it unfashionably.

the presence of the row of stones,
the solid rock of you who’ve gone
from brothers, family, the grieving rows,
the grief of your mothers, the empty place
they promised you, they promised you
the solid stone, you’ll always be,
they promised you, the solid stone,
12 faces staring out at us,
the bugler, the piper, all of us, alone,
the brothers they will carry thee
they promised you as you would they
twelve stones, twelve lives,
they bear the pain., the stone,
you’ll always be, you’ll always be.

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