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    Unhappy 'Twas the Night before Christmas...a soldier's perspective

    Thank you to all that have served our country.



    'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

    '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 A 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 DISORDER;
    NOT HOW I PICTURED
    A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

    WAS THIS THE HERO
    OF WHO 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 THIS SOLDIER
    WHO WAS WILLING TO FIGHT.

    SOON 'ROUND THE WORLD
    THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
    AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
    A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

    THEY ALL ENJOY 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
    AND WITH A VOICE, SOFT AND PURE,
    WHISPERED, "CARRY ON, SANTA.
    IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL'S 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 Marine stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He makes the
    following request:

    "Would you send this to as many people as you can? Christmas is coming soon
    and some credit is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able
    to celebrate this and other holidays. Let's stop and think of our true
    heroes who have sacrificed their lives or parts of their lives so that we
    may enjoy our many freedoms."

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    I'm moving this to a more visited forum since it doesn't seem to be getting any views in the military forum.

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    To all the soldiers and families:

    Merry Christmas!

    Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!

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    Originally posted by SewCrafty
    To all the soldiers and families:

    Merry Christmas!

    Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!
    Thanks

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