Merry Christmas to All

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by armyvet, Dec 24, 2006.

  1. armyvet

    armyvet Guest

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    A Different Christmas Poem

    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 eyes 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 "Its 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 sister and brother..
    Who stand at the front against any and all,
    To ensure 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."

    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.
    Stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves
    for Us.

    In God We Trust,
    God Bless America,

    To all a very joyous and Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
     
  2. SELFDEFENSE

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    True. We all make our careers, have our familys, pursue our pleasures inside the perimeter established by our military. Too bad a goodly number of the population and their politicians do not deserve the sacrifice.
     

  3. ronin67

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    A very good Christmas poem. So true and so sad that most people will not remember these brave Soldiers, Marines, Saliors, Airman, and so many others who serve this great country selfless everyday. May God bless them all this Christmas and New Year to come! Peace on Earth.

    God Bless all and Merry Christmas to everyone!

    Ronin
     
  4. Wulf

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    Hip, hip, Hoo--Ray...

    For our Soldiers, this day. :p ...and Lord, look after them and their loved ones. Amen

    Great X-Mas poem. Thanx, Armyvet. :)

    Wulf
     
  5. Netfotoj

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    Thank God for our vets; and buy an active duty kid's lunch

    The wife and I stopped at a Waffle House in Virginia on the way up I-95 to visit family and I did something I've never done before, but I should have.

    I noticed a young guy with a "high and tight" haircut with a beautiful young woman eating lunch a couple of booths from us. "There's either a Marine or an Army guy fresh out of boot camp," I told the wife.

    And as we got up to leave, I stopped and asked the young man, "You in service?"

    "Yes sir" he replied. I shook his hand and said "Congratulations. You've got a lot of people supporting you who appreciate what you do for us."

    Then I noticed his check on his table. I snatched it up, over his protest, and paid for his lunch and his pretty young companion, perhaps his wife.

    As we got in our car to drive away, I saw him looking out the window and snapped him one of my best Navy salutes (probably not up to his standards, but the best I could do) to say "Farewell and God speed!"

    So the next time you spot a vet wearing his service cap or a young man with a "high and tight" haircut, shake his hand, thank him for his service and buy his lunch, if you can.

    It sure made my Christmas even merrier.

    USN FTG2 Vietnam
     
  6. Wulf

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    Good onya, Net* 8)

    ...and my thanx to you for serving. You rock, Man. :)

    Wulf
     
  7. mketron

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    I thought it would be a good time to revive this thread. It's not at all stale.
    Merry Christmas to all my Steyr family. Be safe, eat too much, and enjoy your kids.
    And by all means let us remember everyone who can't be at our tables over the holiday.
     
  8. ETH77

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    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the Steyr Club members, and all who should be (members) but aren't.

    A special thanks to all of those serving in far places this Christmas, may you all return safe to a solid, constitutionally sound, United States of America. You deserve it! :salute:
     
  9. hedrok

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    This thread will NEVER be stale as long as those who appreciate freedom are willing and able to fight for it.

    God bless all of our soldiers, patriots and first responders.

    Merry Christmas, Happy New Year...Stay safe.

    May we all find the wisdom to weather the storms ahead.
     
  10. Syntax360

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    Definitely a good necropost :thumbsup: Merry Christmas everyone!
     
  11. Narsil

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    Merry CHRISTmas to all!

    Many thanks go out to all those past, present, and future, who have given, are giving, and will give so much to preserve the sacred idea that freedom for all is more important than fleeting freedom for one's self.

    :salute:

    And most of all, thanks to a Savior whose birth we celebrate the 25th of each December.
     
  12. JaegerWulf

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    Happy Christmas, all!
     
  13. OffArtist

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    Great Poem, gonna pass that one along to some folks. Also, hope everyone here's havin a merry Christmas and will continue to fight the good fight in the coming new year!

    Christmas:cheers:!!