A brave soldier lives on in our hearts
Tuan Nizam (Raja) Dane

The fervent wish that was always his
To die with his brown boots on,
God gave it to him, the sacrifice was his,
So that we could, for one more day, live on.

Jayasikuru was the operation,
The task to hold on to terrain
Regained after a battle hard won.
But it was not to be for long
For the Tigers struck in waves again,
Snuffing out so many brave lives in vain.

Yes, they died, but after a bitter fight,
Better that way than take to flight
When overwhelmed in a corner tight.
Oh, what else than the Almighty’s might
To make the supreme sacrifice in delight,
Still with beloved brown boots on tight?

In loving memory of Colonel Tuan Nizam (Raja) Dane and his compatriots, who sacrificed their lives for the sake of our tomorrow during Operation Jayasikuru, at Periyamadu in Omanthai on June 24, 1997. They will live forever in our hearts.

T. B. Singalaxana

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