It is over ten years since the creation of the song (March 2001). The author of the song is Peter Barnes.
The words (lyrics) to the song have been requested to be used or read at commemorative ceremonies. Schools throughout Australia have requested to use the song for ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day.
Sheet music, lyrics and song mp3 is available for downloadhere Sheet music includes, full arrangement, choir, solo voice, piano, guitar (bass & electric), trumpet and drum kit.
The global aspect of the internet has allowed many people from other countries to hear the song. For instance a publishing house in Norway asked for the song... "The Norwegian publishing house Aschehoug is about to publish a new series of English schoolbooks for 8-10th grade in the Norwegian market. In this new series, called Key English, we want to make use of the song "Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching".
The song's YouTube channel has passed two million video views, with most viewing videos relating to the song. You can see videos of the song for WW1, WW2, the Vietnam War and more.
The heroes song was created from Peter's experience in visiting the Adelaide River War Cemetery (114 kms south of Darwin) in the Northern Territory and seeing the graves of Australians who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country. Peter felt he should do something within his capabilities to honour the memory of such incredible sacrifice.
A total of 434 war graves marked by bronze plaques are contained in the Adelaide River War Cemetery. The burials are made up of 14 airmen of the RAF, 12 unidentified men of the British Merchant Navy; one soldier of the Canadian Army; 18 sailors, 181 soldiers and 201 airmen of the Australian Forces and seven men of the Australian Merchant Navy. The Northern Territory Memorial to the Missing honours a further 292 Servicemen and women lost to the north of Australia. The adjacent civil section contains the graves of the nine Post Office staff killed on 19 February 1942 during the bombing of Darwin, one of 63 separate occasions from that date. The civilian casualties of WW2 include those of 31 Indigenous Australians.
"To stand on my homeland, surrounded by our war dead, who fought heroically to defend Australia and their loved ones down the track, was a profound experience and initiated the creation of the song." Peter Barnes
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