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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-20-2006, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Christmas is Coming

This one brought tears to my eyes...kinda long, but worth the read...

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.?


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.


LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-20-2006, 08:35 PM
 
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THat is very pretty.
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-20-2006, 08:39 PM
 
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Good post, ive read that before, my dad sent it to me.

Im so proud to serve you guys have no Idea
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my eyes hurt from playing video games too much to read that entire thing. I will have to do it later.

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just a few of my fav pics
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those are awesome, thanks mondo!
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nice post both of you
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"We have only died in vain if you believe so;
You must decide the wisdom of our choice,
By the world which you shall build upon our headstones,
And the everlasting truths which have
Though dead, we are not hero's yet
Till the living by their lives which are the tools,
Carve us the epilaphs of wise men,
And give us not the epilaphs of fools."


thats what that middle pic says if u guys cant read it
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cough cough rep points cough cough
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I am going to rep you as soon as I can I didn't give you your due veterans day rep points anyhow.
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very inspirational posts.
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my eyes hurt from playing video games too much to read that entire thing. I will have to do it later.
make sure you do. it's worth it.
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Great posts... REPT Rae & Mondo!




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my eyes hurt from playing video games too much to read that entire thing. I will have to do it later.
I know that feeling.

And if the guy was AF, he would come in and watch TV and eat chicken.
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This one brought tears to my eyes...kinda long, but worth the read...

Kinda long.... That was really good!

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just a few of my fav pics
Kool pic man.

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