HER voice breaking, the young fiancee of the fallen soldier Jacob ”Snowy” Moerland tearfully read a love letter he had written to her from Afghanistan.At a time she should have been preparing for their November wedding, Kezia Mulcahy joined 2500 mourners to farewell her 21-year-old fiance at a moving ceremony in Gayndah, Sapper Moerland’s tight-knit home town in rural Queensland.”To my angel … a voice I hope to wake up to every morning till the end of time. You are everything to me, my one and only,” Ms Mulcahy read.”Nothing could make me happier but to call you my wife.”My heart and soul is yours.”Sapper Moerland was killed by a bomb blast on his first tour of Afghanistan on June 7.Family, friends and locals filled the Gayndah town hall to capacity, with 500 inside and about 2000 outside.His father, Rob, described a larrikin with big blue eyes whom he taught to fish and chop wood. ”I’m struck by everyone who’s here, showing respect to our son,” he said.”Bringing Jacob up … Sandy and I did good … I will miss you, mate. I couldn’t be prouder.”Eight members of the young soldier’s unit carried his coffin out of the town hall.Local war veterans formed a guard of honour before his mother Sandra was handed mementoes of her son’s short life – his slouch hat, a maroon cushion with his four war medals and the Australian flag that had been draped over his coffin. In a statement released before the funeral, she said: ”Jacob is now home and he can rest in peace. We will never forget his sacrifice.”The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston and the Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh, attended the funeral. Another Brisbane-based combat engineer, Darren Smith, also died in the blast. His funeral will be held in Brisbane tomorrow.AAP
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