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Posted on Thu, Dec 06, 2012 11:10

I'm apologise to anyone who has seen me post this before and doesn't want to read,, but quite frankly, I don't care what you think..LOL It's that time of year again, and I think we need to get our thoughts together and be Thankful.

 

With the upcoming Holidays. I like to post this for all to read. I guess this year is a little extra special since this Christmas I will get to spend a little time with one of my Nephews he is a Navy Seal and is going to be home for a few days. I can't tell you all how proud I'm of him. This poem fits perfect for what he and the rest of them stand for. I don't know the writer but it sure fits.

 

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.

My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.

In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.

Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.

Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and snow blown drifts..

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."



"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask, beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."

My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.

I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.

I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..

We stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."

"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."

 

His eyes welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."


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.



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Posted on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 07:49

Hi,

I am fairly new to the blogs and just discovered yours. I just want to say how beautiful that poem is and how much it touched me. My two youngest children (boy and girl) served in the US Air Force and my son's wife is due to retire in four years.

I am not a terribly religious person but there is always a prayer in my heart for our soldiers no matter what branch of the military they are.

God bless your nephew and all who serve.

Lulu



Lulu in Dallas

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Posted on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 17:48

Quoting attaboy127:

Never apologize again for re-submitting this wonderful poem and sentiment for all of us to re-visit at this time of year.    Thank you for taking the time out of your busy life to post this for us.    We are blessed to have you do this.   Please let us see any other great poems that you have written or do write.    Keep on doing such down to earth work which indeed helps the rest of us live in harmony during holiday seasons.       God bless America as well as you and yours!

John



Ah, there you are, John.  I was running through posts, and knew I ran across one of yours while skipping through posts to get to something else--then I lost you.

 

I do hope you see this. 

 

So good to see you again.  I hope you've had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you the very best of New Years.

 

I--and I suspect others as well--miss your once frequent posts. 

 

Take care, be safe during this winter season filled with snow and ice, and, most of all--BE HAPPY AND FULFILLED.

 

Pat



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Posted on Sun, Dec 16, 2012 17:46

PAT'S BACK!! 

 

Hope you are doing well my lady!! :))))) 

 

RAY, I beat to "me own drum..." 

Trouble izzzz.... 

I don't know if most people can hear it?... Or it's too loud for them! Heehee~~ ;)


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Posted on Sun, Dec 16, 2012 07:21

Quoting Curious2078:

Ah, yes, Ray, I remember this.

 

Very wonderful indeed.

 

A Merry, Merry Christmas to you, my friend, and to all you hold dear.

 

XO

Pat



Pat,, Merry Christmas to you too,,,nice to see you again.

 

Hope,,,you never cease to amaze !   ;)



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Posted on Fri, Dec 14, 2012 21:03

Hi Ray.... 

 

I can only laugh at your comment as my son is almost 6'2" and I am almost 5'3".... He outweighs me by about 80 pounds, but he is still my "little boy." LOL.... 

 

I'm glad to hear I am not the only one who points our service men / women out... There was a woman I had seen in the airport but didn't get the opportunity to say anything to. She passed me after we landed and I finally got to THANK her. She said, "It's my honor. I love what I do." I watched her walk past and thought, "You must be a very selfish girl. I could never even cut my hair that short!!" 

 

GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY; PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE! ;) 

 

 



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Posted on Fri, Dec 14, 2012 18:57

Ah, yes, Ray, I remember this.

 

Very wonderful indeed.

 

A Merry, Merry Christmas to you, my friend, and to all you hold dear.

 

XO

Pat



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Posted on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 23:57

  NGL,Thats a really great poem.A special high 5 to your nephew,the best of the best.I'd like to add,for anybody interested,often many stores have a drop box for care packages to send to our troops overseas.A simple favorite is anykind of pre-sweetended juice powder.1 little box of 10 packages just reached out to 10 service members.When they add that to their waterbottle they know someone back home is thinking of me.

  Don't forget razors.I've heard some of those guys have to pay $5 for a razor.How do ya get out of shaving in the military?They gotcha there!



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Posted on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 17:04

attaboy,,thank you,,,very kind of you,,and I wish you all the best this holiday season and beyond.

 

@Hope,,I do the same thing when I see our service men or women anywhere. I'll tell you a funny story about my Nephew. When ever I get a chance to see him, which is only maybe twice a year for a few days. Picture this, Me and this 6'6" muscle from head to toe young Navy Seal, everytime I see him, (standing on my tip toes,,LOL) I give him a hug, kiss him on the cheek tell him I love him and how proud I'm of him. He looks down at me, and say's Uncle Ray, no big deal, I wanna do this ! You can't believe the emotion that runs through me at that moment.

 

@ Liv,,you know me better than that..;)

 

@ windy,, wow how awesome,, thanks !

 

I don't know why, but this time of year I get all mushy..LOL



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Posted on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 17:57

Never apologize again for re-submitting this wonderful poem and sentiment for all of us to re-visit at this time of year.    Thank you for taking the time out of your busy life to post this for us.    We are blessed to have you do this.   Please let us see any other great poems that you have written or do write.    Keep on doing such down to earth work which indeed helps the rest of us live in harmony during holiday seasons.       God bless America as well as you and yours!

John



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Posted on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 08:46

NGL.. I spent last night at Atlanta airport heading to New Orleans..

 

I said "Thank you for your service" to every person in uniform... :)

 

 A few people kinda looked at me oddly.. and a few people smiled..

 

I said, "It's IMPORTANT.. to let them know.. THEY make a difference in our lives." 

 

I STAND BY MY CONVICTION...

 

And if there is ONE THING I disagree politicaly with Obama about.. (Like Billionaires taxes affect my life??? Duh?? LOL) 

 

It's cutting the military.. 

 

Every football player knows.. 

 

They KEY component to winning the game isn't scoring the points.. (That only means the other team sucks!) 

 

The TRUTH to winning in life is keeping your opponent from kicking your azz... 

 

A GREAT DEFENSE IS YOUR BEST OFFENSE... 

 

PS.. Did you watch the ARMY/NAVY game Saturday... ??

 

I'm glad NAVY won. But I just wanted to run up and hug that young man for ARMY!! He was so distraught and crying!! :(((( 

 

I wanted to tell him, "Sweetie, you have a lot of years to live and this will not be your biggest dissapointment." 

 

But I DIDNT WANT TO LIE TO HIM! 

 

A STRONG DEFENSE IS OUR BEST OFFENSE!!!!



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Posted on Sun, Dec 09, 2012 15:47

Quoting Ariesdancer:

Thank you sooo much for sharing this! My deceased husband was a proud Marine, my dad was a Captain in the Army in Korea, and my youngest son (18) will be soon a Marine like his dad!  I so enjoyed reading it, and may put it to song! Love, Sharon


sharon,, wow,, your family sure is dedicated to serving our country,,a sincere Thanks to them. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.

 

windy,, wow how cool is that !! thanks for sharing.



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Posted on Fri, Dec 07, 2012 21:26

Thank you sooo much for sharing this! My deceased husband was a proud Marine, my dad was a Captain in the Army in Korea, and my youngest son (18) will be soon a Marine like his dad!  I so enjoyed reading it, and may put it to song! Love, Sharon



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Posted on Fri, Dec 07, 2012 08:19

NGL...

Since you mention the brave men and women who have fought for our Freedom, for any of you who lost loved ones in Vietnam...this should be of special interest to you. It's the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum located in Chicago. It's called "Above and Beyond", and has tens of thousands of metal dog tags, suspended 24 feet in the air, each with the name and serial number of a serviceman or woman who gave their life defending our right to celebrate this Christmas Season...and yes, Obama...I did sat CHRISTMAS.

 
This memorial is a 10 X 40 foot sculpture designed by Ned Broderick and Richard Steinbock. Suspended from the  24 foot ceiling in the two-story high atrium, the dog tags are hung one inch apart from fine lines that allow them to move and chime with each shifting air current. Visitors looking for a friend or relative are assisted by museum employees who use a kiosk and a laser pointer to locate the exact dog tag imprinted with the name of the person they seek.

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Posted on Thu, Dec 06, 2012 17:04

Quoting brew444:

Great poem NGL, my son-in-law just back back from Afganistan and we are very proud of him, he missed the birth of his son and most of the first yr. We are blessed he came home safe.  Thanks to everyone who has served his country.



brew,,wow what a sacrifice he made to serve our country,,I thank him ! I hope all is well with him your daughter and their son. I hope your family has a wonderful holidays.



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Posted on Thu, Dec 06, 2012 16:39

How beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I'm sending it to the local radio station...the owner will love it



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Posted on Thu, Dec 06, 2012 16:03

NGL - I've always enjoyed reading this. Thanks for posting it again! But please don't join the "...quite frankly, I care what y'all think..." brigade. Well, I know you don't seriously mean that. *wink*

 

Liv.



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Posted on Thu, Dec 06, 2012 14:39

Great poem NGL, my son-in-law just back back from Afganistan and we are very proud of him, he missed the birth of his son and most of the first yr. We are blessed he came home safe.  Thanks to everyone who has served his country.



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