Soldiers Night Before Christmas

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  1. atomicwedgie

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    I usually don't pay much attention to much of the junk I am forwarded but being former 82nd Airborne, I found this somewhat touching at points.

    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 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 soldier,
    Once i could see clearly.

    The soldier in iraq , 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 soldier.

    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 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 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 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,!
    [FONT=&quot]And to all a good night.'[/FONT]
     
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    was good but there is one huge problem. Whoever wrote it calls the Marine a Soldier throughout the whole thing.

    They are not soldiers they are Marines : )
     
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    Don't get me started! :icon_ banana:
     
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    *sigh* {biting my lip until it bleeds}

    Maybe when it comes to regular Army but I was not. Most of the time we were in before you guys even knew what was happening.

    I put this up for a good read for the general public to appreciate what our military tolerates to protect their freedom, NOT to have a debate/argument/etc about who is the better.
     
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    So what where/are you then?