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Old 12-21-2007, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all. Please don't forget our military members that won't have the opportunity to be with their families and be safe.

God Bless..


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 IN 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 GROWNUPS 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.....
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:32 AM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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Merry Christmas, Sunrico!

Happy Holidays to everyone in the Florida forum!
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:36 AM
 
Location: southern california
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out of rep to give but really like the post. thanks merry christmas.
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Old 12-21-2007, 09:57 AM
 
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Merry Christmas and God Bless!! Troops - come home soon!!
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
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Can't leave this one out! LOLhttp://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b270/Baby_c_girl_99/Icons/Holidays/Christmas/014.jpg (broken link)

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Old 12-21-2007, 12:06 PM
 
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Everyone have a wonderful holiday. Glad to share my time and thoughts with all of you on the boards. Sunrico thanks for sharing the poem. It's really brings it all home god bless us all.
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Old 12-21-2007, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Warmest wishes to all this holiday season and all the best in the New Year.

Also a special "thank you" to the moderators and those who manage this site -- This is no small task, takes considerable time and effort to say the least. :-)

Be well. Be safe.
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Old 12-22-2007, 12:12 PM
 
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New year for everyone!

And what a beautiful poem...God bless our soldiers and God bless the most wonderful country in the Universe.
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Old 12-22-2007, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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Thumbs up Thank You

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Don't forget Keeper, MBmouse, Yac, and Riveree they are the heart and soul of this forum as Mod's. Best team of Mods in C-D....

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