Armies around the world are gearing up for a new era of warfare when they will be fighting for the love of their fellow men and women.
This is the first time in modern history that the armed forces will be battling it out in real-time for love, according to Armies of the Universe, a website devoted to the history and culture of the armed services.
The US military is the only armed service that has officially declared the return of love.
The return of Love and War, a special event, is being held in Australia, the US and Canada on September 26.
The event will see troops from the US Marine Corps and the Canadian Army, as well as Australia’s Defence Force, march to a public square in the heart of Sydney to sing the patriotic Australian song, Love’s Army.
“The Love’s army will be accompanied by Australian Defence Force personnel to support them in their mission,” a Defence Ministry statement said.
“It is hoped that this patriotic music will raise awareness and promote the message of love and peace for the Australian people.”
The love is being played at the event to raise money for charity.
“To raise money to support the ongoing Love’s War, the Australian Defence Forces have chosen to play the Australian national anthem in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal Navy,” the Defence Department said.
The Love of War is a theme song written and performed by singer-songwriter, writer and performer, Sam Ritchie.
In 2015, the song won the prestigious Grammy award for best original song for its love-themed lyrics, which included the lines “I’ve got love in my heart but it’s my mind, it’s not my body/I’ll always love you, and I’ll never forget your love”.
Mr Ritchie’s music has been used in theatre productions, films and TV series including the ABC’s The Love Boat.
“I wrote it when I was 16 and when I got married at 18 I wrote it again because I was married and I couldn’t help myself,” he said.
While many Australians are happy to hear about love returning, there are some who say it’s time for them to get used to seeing the world differently.
“People get over that sort of thing, but the love wars are not going away,” Ms Boon said.
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