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the soldiers night before christmas
by major bruce w. lovely
twas the night before christmas, he lived all alone,
i looked all about a strange sight i did see,
with medals and badges, awards of all kind
i heard stories about them, i had to see more
his face so gentle, his room in such disorder,
his head was clean shaven, his weathered face tan,
soon round the world, the children would play,
i couldnt help wonder how many lay alone
the soldier awakened and i heard a rough voice,
with that he rolled over and drifted off into sleep,
so i took off my jacket, the one made of red,
and although it barely fit me, i began to swell with pride,
then the soldier rolled over, whispered with a voice so clean and pure,
by major bruce w. lovely
|please. would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as may people as you can? christmas will be coming soon and we should all be aware of where credit for our being able to celebrate these festivities is due. 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|
oh, the snowflakes fell in silence
by both sides of the fight
i began to sing along
|the corpsman's christmas poem
"'twas the night before christmas as i flew o'er the marine base, when i spied a young man who seemed out of place. his eyes showed compassion, his hair a bit long, but his head was held high and his body was strong.
his air was confident, his uniform smart, but what impressed me most was the size of his heart. for he embodied honor, one of this country's best, and the words u.s. navy showed large on his chest.
as i stood there in wonder and gazed into his eyes, the words that he spoke took me quite by surprise. "what's wrong santa, haven't you ever seen a sailor before?" i sensed something special and longed to know more.
"to be honest, this field thing wasn't part of my plan, but god didn't give me a boat or tin can." the words he spoke next surprised me all the more, "but i'm as proud of my navy as i am of the corps!"
"don't worry santa, that i'm a sailor you see, for when a marine goes down they will still call on me. they'll forget i'm a sailor, they'll call in my stock. at the top of their lungs they'll yell ,"get me the doc!"
"and i'll answer that call, anytime, anywhere. though i know i'm a target i really don't care. i'll face incoming fire as i race cross the land, and use my very own body to shield a downed man."
"working long hours and into the night, my unit's battle is over, but i'm just starting to fight. for the life of every marine is sacred to me. i refuse to surrender them to death, and in that i'll find victory."
"and yet i'll take the time to comfort a dying man, to sit down by his side, to reach out and hold his hand. for it takes as much courage to care as to fight. for just as the poem says, many don't "go gently into that night."
"santa, it's not any one uniform that makes you a man, but rather it's those ideals for which you choose to stand. i draw my line here, it's long and it's plain. for pain, hurt and suffering are the things i disdain."
i know very well that i may lose my life, so that a marine may see an unmet child and young wife. so santa, it really doesn't matter if they don't like my hair. i'm a navy corpsman, their doc, and i'll always be there."
"i follow the brave docs who have come long before, from belleau wood, iwo, and lebanon's shore.
as history proudly shows, they all gave their best, and for those who have died, surely they're blessed."
i had to leave him there for i had other plans, but i knew in my heart that the corps is in good hands. as i flew away i heard his laughter, it rang so loud and clear. "hey santa, how 'bout a nice pair of boots for the 26 miler next year?"
hmc(fmf/sw) mark forsberg
"a battle prayer"
young warriors; should fate find you on the battlefield, may your cause be a just one.
may your courage not falter.
should you be harmed, may your wounds
i am one of america's soldiers who received a copy of "a soldier's christmas" over the internet, and i just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for giving some of my friends and family an opportune way to say 'thanks.' it meant a lot to me.
i have not been stationed in the us since 1995, and the nature of my job will keep me overseas throughout my career. although i am not always viewed as that soldier with "dusty boots," i know all too well what it is like to be away from home for so long -- especially during the holidays.
i would like, however, to take this opportunity to thank you, and america, for being the fine, grand, noble nation that makes each and every one of us out here serving in the military extremely proud of the country and the people we protect.
you don't necessarily have to pray for us soldiers, as we have chosen this life....and we will sacrifice our life for our people and our country. no, do not pray for us this holiday season.....pray for our nation and her people......for only then will the life we 'chose' be worthwhile.
yes, i do pray for peace on earth...always. but, "there will be wars, and rumors of wars," so, in the meantime; maybe, just maybe, this year you can put out a suggestion to our american people......
we tend to fly our flag on 4th of july, we tend to fly our flag on veteran's day......maybe this year, through your web-site, you could maybe "ask" the american people to put a small american flag on their christmas tree, amongst their ornaments, (or within their own religious ceremony/custom) just to "remember." a small reminder that "we" are free to celebrate whatever holiday, however we please, because of that flag and what she represents.
sir, i have volunteered to protect all americans....christian, jewish, agnostic, even atheist......it is my proud honor to do so.... and all i ask is that maybe, during this "holiday" season (whether one believes in it or not) is your help in asking "america" to wave her flag in unity and be thankful for our grand nation. it would mean a lot to us out here, wherever we are......
"santa don't cry, this life is my choice;
america, my country-men,
we've come a long way,
but we're out here defending,
what you believe,
i'm proud to serve you,
and so my dear county-men,
display our flag,
on this christmas day...
long may she wave
thank you from, a service member
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