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Old 12-10-2002, 04:27 PM   #1
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Default For our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines

'Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone
In a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney with presents to give,
And to see just who in this home did live.

I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by mantle, just boots filled with sand,
On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.

With medals and badges, awards of all kinds,
A somber thought went through my mind.
For this house was different, it was dark and dreary,
I found the home of a soldier, once I could see clearly.

The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone,
curled up on the floor in this one bedroom home.
The face so gentle, the room in such disorder,
Not how I pictured a United States soldier.

Was this the hero of whom I'd just read?
Curled up in a poncho, the floor for a bed?
I realized the families that I saw this night,
Owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight.
Soon 'round the world children would play,
And grown-ups would celebrate Christmas day.
They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year,
Because of the soldiers, like the one laying here.

I couldn't help wonder how many lay alone,
On a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home.
The very thought brought a tear to my eye.
I dropped to my knees and started to cry.

The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice,
"Santa don't cry, this life is my choice;
I fight for freedom, don't ask for more,
My life is my God, my country, my Corps."

The soldier rolled over and drifted to sleep,
I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.
I kept watch for hours, so silent, so still,
And we both shivered in the cold night's chill.

I didn't want to leave on that cold, dark night,
This Guardian of Honor so willing to fight.
Then the soldier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure,
Whispered, "Carry on Santa, it's Christmas Day, all is secure."

One look at my watch, and I knew he was right.
"Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night!"

This poem was written by a Marine stationed in Okinawa Japan. The following is his request. I think it is reasonable.....

PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities.

Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed.

Travel Safe Do Well Be Proud

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Old 12-10-2002, 04:29 PM   #2
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*smiles* That is sweet. I like it.
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Old 12-10-2002, 10:48 PM   #3
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Ill be sure to pass this on to my unit.
In my eyes the only thanks we need is that you live your lives free, and to the ends of the rights we secure any thing less dishonors us and those before us.


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Old 12-11-2002, 03:06 AM   #4
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All too often we military people are forgotten about on holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving. I hope that everyone thinks about the 150,000 US military members in the middle east this Christmas while you sit around the fireplace with some rum-spiked egg nog.

Or perhaps the 5500 people on each US Navy Aircraft Carrier that is in the middle of the ocean. Or maybe the ballistic missile submarines under the ocean on deterrent patrol, with no way to know if their family is safe and secure on Christmas day.

If you live near a military town and know of some single servicemembers, consider inviting them to Christmas dinner or some other holiday function. I know many would be more than grateful, I know I was.

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Old 12-11-2002, 07:47 AM   #5
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Default For our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines

/Salute

/EM Lionk raises his mug in honor of his fellow US uniformed brothers and sisters

Let us not forget the Police and Firecrews who keep the peace while we are deployed

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Old 12-11-2002, 09:01 AM   #6
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Default /salute

Haven't seen that in quite awhile...thanks for posting it up.

Alot of folks don't understand being involuntarily away from the family for the holidays, and in harms way, to boot. Is something we all volunteered to do and grudgingly accept. BTDT (Been there, Done that).

From me to all my comrades-in-arms, those here and the fallen.../salute...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

"Charlie Mike"

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Old 12-11-2002, 05:54 PM   #7
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Indeed it has been a few since I've seen that too...and even though I'm one of the lucky ones this year I to have btdt. My prayers and thoughts go out to all my friends, and family and to all families alike whom have husband or spouces overseas this holiday season. God Bless...

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Old 12-12-2002, 03:51 PM   #8
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Default Semper Fi

"People sleep peacably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf"

George Orwell

Look up an old military buddy, or write a snail mail letter and send it. When you are sitting in the god forsaken middle of nowhere and someone sends you a letter saying thanks, It can mean more than you know.

There is no "public" war going on right now, but as the earlier poster said there are Thousands of deployed servicemen protecting our right to freedom right now. Say thanks somehow.


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Old 12-12-2002, 04:01 PM   #9
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Very nice post.
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Old 12-12-2002, 04:07 PM   #10
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I love that christmas story and I thank you posting it. I will be posting it so that other members of my unit can read it.

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