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jsracingbbf
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Posts: 2649
From: Batesville,MS. , U.S.A.
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 12-05-2004 02:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jsracingbbf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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 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,
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."

This poem was written by a United States Marine.

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wrksnfx
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Posts: 84
From: Warren,MI,Macomb
Registered: Sep 2004

posted 12-05-2004 02:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wrksnfx     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SEMPER FI OHRAH!

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wrksnfx
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From: Warren,MI,Macomb
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posted 12-05-2004 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wrksnfx     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SEMPER FI OOHRAH!

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Big D
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From: WELLS, NEVADA USA
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 12-05-2004 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Big D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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hwyman3
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Posts: 67
From: Southern Maryland, USA
Registered: Jul 2004

posted 12-05-2004 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hwyman3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amen. God Bless the men and women fighting for our country.

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sigtauenus
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Posts: 2111
From: Far East, currently in Japan
Registered: Jun 2000

posted 12-06-2004 04:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Had Thanksgiving dinner this year with the whole squadron in Okinawa, 200+ Marines. The table(s) of food was like grandma's on crack! Must have been at least 10 turkey's, a couple hams, and the fixin's to match. Will do the same thing here in Japan on Christmas.

I think the camraderie is the number one reason I joined the Marines, and being gone during the holidays always reinforces that.

This poem has been around for a number of years, and always hits a personal note for me. This year I'm gone again, but am fortunately in quarters, basically equivalent to a motel room. But, I have lots of buddies in the sandbox who are rough'n it.

Casey and I have several people in our family who are difficult to shop for, and they will be getting a card this year saying $xx was donated to somebody overseas in their name. If you feel it in your heart to give a little extra this year, please check out this website...

http://www.aafes.org/docs/homefront.htm

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Dave Gibson
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From: Norfolk, Virginia, USA M&M#166 MCA#47921
Registered: Aug 99

posted 12-06-2004 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Gibson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Sam,
Hang in there buddy. It's not easy to be away from family at this time of year. But your Thanksgiving is a reminder of how close brothers and sisters and arms can be. Let us know if you need anything and we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Dave & Terri

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'02 Explorer XLT
I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it!
We have enough youth, how about a fountain of smart?
Common sense is not so common anymore.

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sigtauenus
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Posts: 2111
From: Far East, currently in Japan
Registered: Jun 2000

posted 12-06-2004 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Dave. So far so good, 43 days to go, not that I'm counting.

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mustangs68
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From: Buckroe Beach Va MCA#39406 M&M #12 Member Mustang Club of Tidewater
Registered: May 99

posted 12-06-2004 10:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sam,
Young Men and Women such as yourself allow those of us at home to feel safe and go about our daily lives without concern..

Thank you and please tell the Men and Women with you we'er all behind them and thank them.

The other Sam

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SUBMARINER MUSTANGER
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Posts: 927
From: Grandview, Missouri
Registered: Jun 99

posted 12-06-2004 11:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SUBMARINER MUSTANGER     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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Sub Stanger/Oxford White 2003 Mach 1...and a guy who LOVES his wife and kids!

Past Mustangs: '84 GT 5-speed; '91 GT auto; '70 M-code Mach 1, grabber yellow; '95 GT-S 5 speed, green, wrecked and totalled; 1995 GT-S 5 speed, bright yellow; '94 6-banger, wifes; '89 LX 5.0 vert, '90 LX 5.0 hatch, '69 M-code Mach 1, 4 speed, 1990 5.0 LX 'vert w/ AOD converted to T-5.

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sigtauenus
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Posts: 2111
From: Far East, currently in Japan
Registered: Jun 2000

posted 12-07-2004 04:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Sam. Hey, the point I was trying to make is that even though I'm gone, I'm really not bad off.

The guys in the middle east though... have you seen pictures of where they're living? They're the guys that poem was written about.

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