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Remember our loved ones that are serving this Xmas

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by TahoeFever, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. TahoeFever

    TahoeFever Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    As you all know this time of the year is when Families try to get together and spend some time but there is at least one family we all know that has a mom, dad, brother , sister, daughter, and son that will not be home this year , they are serving in our armed forces keeping us safe.

    Just thought i would post this from the web I found to remember the loved ones that cant make it home this year....god speed



    A Soldier's Christmas
    By Michael Marks

    The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
    I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight;
    My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
    My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

    Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
    Transforming the yard to a winter delight;
    The sparkling lights in the tree, I believe,
    Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

    My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
    Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep
    In perfect contentment or so it would seem,
    So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

    The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
    But I opened my eye when it tickled my ear;
    Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
    Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

    My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
    And I crept to the door just to see who was near;
    Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
    A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

    A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
    Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold;
    Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
    Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

    "What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
    "Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
    Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
    You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

    For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift
    Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts
    To the window that danced with a warm fire's light,
    Then he sighed and he said "It's really all right,
    I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.

    "It's my duty to stand at the front of the line
    That separates you from the darkest of times;
    No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
    I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

    "My Gramps died at 'Pearl' on a day in December,"
    Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram' always remembers;
    My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam,
    And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

    "I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
    But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile;"
    Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
    The red white and blue ... an American flag.

    "I can live through the cold and the being alone
    Away from my family, my house and my home;
    I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
    I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.

    "I can carry the weight of killing another
    Or lay down my life with my sisters and brothers
    Who stand at the front against any and all,
    To insure for all time that this flag will not fall.

    "So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
    Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."

    "But isn't there something I can do, at the least
    Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
    It seems all too little for all that you've done,
    For being away from your wife and your son."

    Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
    "Just tell us you love us, and never forget
    To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
    To stand your own watch, no matter how long.

    "For when we come home, either standing or dead,
    To know you remember we fought and we bled
    Is payment enough, and with that we will trust
    That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."
  2. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    I can only imaging how tough this can be for family members being apart during the holidays. Hats off to them as they're out protecting and defending the freedoms and quality of life that we enjoy in the western world.
  3. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    Every base I've ever been stationed on had an adopt a Sailor/Marine/Soldier/Airmen for the holidays. If you contact the base they can put you in contact with a Military member at the base that has nowhere but the barracks to go for the holidays. You invite them into your home to celebrate the holidays with your family since they cant be with theirs.
    I've made longterm friendships with military members we invited into our home while we were stationed overseas.
    This can mean a lot to a military member that cant be with family for the holidays for the first time in their life, or it could be a military member that couldnt take leave because they're due to deploy overseas and this'll be their last holiday stateside for a few years.
    I encorage everyone able to sponsor a military member for the holidays to participate. This is a great way to show your thanks for all they do to enable you to maintain the freedoms you've grown accustomed to.

    Happy Holidays everyone, be careful, kind, and courteous out there.
  4. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    bump this thread, it's that time of year!

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