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: Lest We Forget

12-09-2003, 01:02 PM
With Thanks, Praise and Remembrances, to our former compatriots, current defenders and future protectors of freedom, around the world:

"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 did I see,
No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by the 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 house of a soldier, once I could see clearly.
The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone,
curled upon 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 just read?
Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?
I realized the families I saw on 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 started 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.
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!"

12-09-2003, 03:42 PM
Originally posted by DFix

The very thought brought a tear to my eye,

did for me

12-09-2003, 04:48 PM
"Freedom isn't free."


12-09-2003, 04:53 PM
hear that everywhere now around me
have to find that line in toby keith's american soldier

12-09-2003, 05:20 PM
"I don't want to die for you but if dying asking me......I'll bear that cross with honor cause freedom don't come free" Toby Kieth "American Soldier"

12-09-2003, 05:22 PM
If you have a high speed connection this is worth the while...or even if you don't just give it some time.


12-09-2003, 07:23 PM
end reminds me of my grandfather's funeral WWII veteran
i was lucky to be one of the pollbearers (spelling)

12-10-2003, 09:03 AM
thank you

12-10-2003, 10:43 AM
I was moved to tears .....

Bamboo Addict
12-10-2003, 10:53 AM
Fred, that was Awsome. Thank you

Dble Haul
12-10-2003, 11:38 AM
I'm rarely at a loss for words, but the link that MCorder provided was wonderful....I was okay until the funeral pics, and then my emotions started getting to me.

Whether or not we agree with the presence of our troops in these areas, now is the time to put aside our differences and keep these folks in our thoughts and prayers. They are sacrificing far away from their loved ones and are protecting our right to celebrate the holidays and live our lives the way we want to.

The poem from Dave and the link from MCorder....both very on point.

12-11-2003, 07:39 AM
and thank each and every one of them, whether on active duty, reserves, or veterans. They all deserve our thoughts and our thanks.

I was sent this some time ago by a Marine.


12-11-2003, 11:37 AM
Perhapse the best way to honor them and exercise our freedom is to vote.

12-11-2003, 12:10 PM
Something about bagpipes that elicits a moment of introspection into the warrior spirit within, doesn't matter where you come from it seems.

Throughout history there hasn't always been a complete alignment between the virtues of the men who wage war and the courage of those who fight them, but one of these two has always been true and pure and worthy of our greatest respect and appreciation.

12-12-2003, 04:59 PM
Last night I picked up my oldest son at the airport. I haven't seen him since this time last year. Since that last visit my son has visited 9 countries, fought in 1 war (Iraq) and was in involved in a military show of force in Liberia. In which he said he felt in greater danger then when he was in Iraq. He is only 21 years old, a squad leader in the Marines, and has seen more in his short lifetime then I would ever want to see in mine. As I sat in a steakhouse and listened to him tell of his adventures I was almost in tears with all the pride and some fear for his well being welling up inside of me. I think he is typical of the young men and women who are serving in our arm forces. To those that would criticize the youth of today I suggest spending an hour or two talking to one of our young soldiers. This could very well be the next "greatest generation".

A salute to all those that serve this country.

12-12-2003, 05:12 PM
i saw on the history channel that my generatin and your son's is the generation that is the maost similar to the greates generation