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    Christmas Poem
    >>
    >>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 sober thought
    >>came 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 was so gentle,
    >>the room is such disorder,
    >>not how I pictured
    >>a United States soldier.
    >>
    >>Was this the hero
    >>of whom I 'd just read?
    >>Curled up on 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,
    >>the children would play,
    >>and grown-ups would celebrate
    >>a bright Christmas day.
    >>
    >>They all enjoyed freedom
    >>each month of the year,
    >>because of the soldiers,
    >>like the one lying 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,
    >>I 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 and still
    >>and we both shivered
    >>from 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.
    The definition of courage. "It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through to the end no matter what." From "To Kill a Mockingbird"

  • #2
    Grumpy, good one. God bless all our servicemen and women. They don't get the credit that they deserve,my son is in the military,special forces but the good news is he will be home for christmas. The first time in 6 years. Al

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    • #3
      yeah im with taht. they do deserve a good thanks

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      • #4
        Thanks and merry Christmas Grumpy.

        God bless your son Pullerguy.

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        • #5
          Thank you,

          God Bless

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          • #6
            Thank you

            I appreciate the poem and will spread it around work. I am very lucky that my Son will be able to come home this year, however the next few are not certain.

            I pray that God will give all of our service men and women a safe, happy holiday wherever they are.

            Merry Christmas
            Thanks -- Kelly

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            • #7
              I always get chills rading stuff like that!

              God bless our men and women in the service! And Thank YOU!!

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