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Old 12-08-2003, 03:18 PM   #1
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Merry (Early) Christmas to all

A CHRISTMAS POEM

(A VERY FITTING TRIBUTE)

'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, 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 Marine, Once I Could See Clearly.
The Marine 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 Man. 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 Men
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 Men,
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 Marine 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 Marine 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 Marine 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."

Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy & Coast Guard A Marine stationed in Okinawa Japan wrote this poem. The following is his request. "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. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed.
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Old 12-08-2003, 03:20 PM   #2
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I rec'd this in an email today and thought I would share it with all of you.......

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Wow, that brought tears to my eyes.. I have family in the armed forces..

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The first time that I heard this poem was last year. My cousin read it in church. I must tell you, after she finished reading it, I broke down and cried. You see, I was in the Marine Corps for 11 1/2 years. I spent many a Christmas away from my family and friends. I know what it's like to spend holidays overseas and wondering if everyone back home is okay. I, even, know what it's like to eat cold turkey and stuffing in the field in Korea.

So, for me, this poem hits home. So, for this holiday season, let us think about our veterans who are stuck on the streets with no home to go to. Let us think about our men and women who are serving to no end to keep our country free. Let us think about those families who have lost loved ones in wars and at home. I don't care about myself, I just care about all of the others. I'm proud to be a veteran but I'm prouder of all of the other veterans that paved the way and are still continuing the effort.

May God bless each and every one of you. I love you all.
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Appreciate you sharing holyelk. Don't know any one in the service but it's still a cool poem. :Angel:
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Your welcome, thought I would just share it with everyone because my dad served in the war eons ago......... :Angel2
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