A national war memorial song and a tribute to the ANZAC spirit of mateship, courage and sacrifice.

The words (lyrics) to the war heroes song have been requested to be used or read at commemorative ceremonies.

"The song was created from my experience in visiting an Australian War Cemetery and seeing the graves of Australians who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country.   I felt I should do something within my capabilities to honour the memory of such incredible sacrifice."
Peter Barnes (Author)

"The CD was great.  We put it over the P.A. system in the park on ANZAC Day and the whole town has been humming the tune ever since."
Collie Cardiff RSL - Western Australia

"Last Sunday, the Brisbane Broncos played the Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium in a round 7 NRL match.  The match including the ceremony was shown live on Fox Sports.  At 2.25pm there was a special Anzac tribute and your wonderful song was played as the special guests, match officials and both teams entered the stadium.  They walked on in staggered starts escorted by Army service personnel to the music and it was absolutely wonderful. They all lined up in one line and the 'toss' was performed by an 85 yr old POW veteran. The Qld Premier with match referee and both team captains.  The Qld President of the RSL read the Ode and a Navy bugler played the Last Post.  It was a very moving few minutes and everyone loved it.  You should be very proud of your song.  Thanks again for permitting us to use the song.  I have played it probably 30 times over the last month. It moves me every time, the words are reflective of our appreciation for these men & women."
Brian McGrath - Operations Manager - Brisbane Broncos Football Club

"I thought the music was a modern reflection on Australia's war dead... As a Vietnam veteran I would have to say that it is a wonderful tribute to all who have fallen."
Edmund 'Ted' Harrison

"I am taking a funeral tomorrow of a Vietnam Vet who died last week of cancer.  The family would like to use your song... I am asking for permission to use it at the funeral."
E-mail from a Reverend

"Congratulations on your very professionally presented song, 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?'   It is most patriotic, stirring and respectfully thought provoking."
Major General Peter Phillips AO MC (Retd)  National President of the RSL

"Thanks for your note on your song which I played the other night and got a terrific reaction.  Many of the listeners on the 28 stations to which we broadcast want to know if it can be purchased anywhere?"
John Kerr (2UE)

"Many thanks indeed for the CD, which arrived safely. We used it as a reflection, with power point slides in the background and the words on screen as well at each Sunday Mass (6 in all - total attendance around 1500 people).  Mass is broadcast on a Christian station across Melbourne and Geelong, so it also received that extra coverage. We used it again yesterday at the Anzac Day Mass, attended by around 300 veterans and their families. On all occasions it received many favorable comments."
Fr. Kevin Dillon (Parish Priest - St. Mary of the Angels Basilica)

"I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Subiaco Football Club to thank you again for your contribution to our ANZAC Day fixture on Saturday the 28th of April... We have received nothing but positive remarks regarding the day and no doubt this came from your involvement by providing the 'can you hear Australia's heroes marching?' DVD.  We played the DVD at our President's Function prior to the match and the crowd of 60 people were all visibly moved."
Rhys Anderton, Operations Coordinator, Subiaco Football Club  

"Mr. Barnes, while visiting Australia last September, I had the opportunity to visit the War Memorial in Canberra.  I took numerous pictures there as well of other places I visited while in your country.  I've been putting my pictures, along with background musical tracks, up on my website as podcasts. As I worked on the pictures of the War Memorial,  I looked for appropriate music to accompany it and found your song.  I would like to know if you would give me permission to use 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' as background to the pictures of the Australian War Memorial?  It would be the perfect music to underscore the pictures."
Gene Bias, Orlando, FL, USA

"We, the ACT TPI Association, have been asked by the Federation of the TPI Association to create the same CD using your song for a national campaign to Federal politicians.  The Federation has asked me to ask your permission to use your song on the national campaign.  They only intend sending the CDs to the Federal and other local State politicians.  For your information, we have found the CD of great benefit in informing our local politicians of just what is a TPI.   Could you please advise if your approval is given to the Federation using your song on the CD?"
TPI - Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex Servicemen and Women

"We also heard the song here in Kimbe, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea.  I am organising a Dusk Service here to commemorate ANZAC Day & would much appreciate a copy of your great composition."
E -mail request

"I'm a German student ... I beg for your permission to use your song 'Can you hear Australia's heroes marching?' for a project in my English lesson.  This project is about Australia.  One optional task was to find a song about Australia.  And I looked on the internet and found your song 'Can you hear Australia's heroes marching?', which was very emotional to me."
E-mail request

"I am bandmaster for a small R.S.L. club brass band on the central coast, and have been asked by a Korean Digger if I could arrange "Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?" to play at Anzac Day and other services."
E-mail request

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You can now download the Original Version (2001) of 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' FOR FREE at the song's official website download page HERE

As we are in the ANZAC Centenary 2014 - 2018, with the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli on April 25, 2015, the author of the song has made available  the original version of the song to be downloaded for free, as this is a very special time for Australia.

You can also download a longer 4 minute version of the song FOR FREE as well at the same download page.

Sheet music and backing track mp3 is available to buy at the download page. Sheet music includes full arrangement, choir, solo voice, piano, guitar (bass & electric), trumpet and drum kit.

You can download the lyrics to 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' HERE

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