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Posted on Fri, Dec 09, 2011 11:32

With our first snow fall here in Michigan and the upcoming Holidays. I like to post this for all to read. I guess this year is a little extra special since at Thanksgiving I got to spend a little time with one of my Nephews he is a Navy Seal and was home for the first time in awhile. 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 Wed, Jan 04, 2012 10:28

Happy New Year: PAPRIKALADY (MARIKA) aus Wienna

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Posted on Tue, Dec 20, 2011 20:25

very nice! thank you!


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Posted on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 07:34

Very nice....thanks for posting



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Posted on Thu, Dec 15, 2011 18:19

Quoting NGL2011:

Hi Pat, Thanks,,, and a Merry Christmas to you too. It is a good reminder and after seeing my Nephew I remembered it and thought I should post again.

 



You did well to do so, Ray. In case I don't run into you again before the 25th--a very Merry Christmas to you, and a wonderfully Happy New Year. You are surely one of the "GOOD GUYS" around here, and you deserve every happiness that life has to offer. XO Pat


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Posted on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 16:49

Quoting Curious2078:

NGL: A nice one, Ray. I remember it showing up last year. Well worth repeating this year and every year hereafter. Thanks so much for posting and reminding us. A very Merry Christmas to you, Ray, and to all our service men and women, wherever they may be, active, retired, and waiting in the wings. May this great country of ours very soon take a turn for the better, and in so doing, quickly implement policies on all fronts that make the men and women of our military a top priority always. [Even just a small piece of the fortune Pelosi has spent on herself of our tax dollars over the last 3 or 4 years could have made at least 100 returning military peoples' lives 10 times better than they are going to be this Christmas.] May the spirit of Christmas be with ALL of us forever.


Hi Pat, Thanks,,, and a Merry Christmas to you too. It is a good reminder and after seeing my Nephew I remembered it and thought I should post again.

 



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Posted on Sat, Dec 10, 2011 16:44

NGL: A nice one, Ray. I remember it showing up last year. Well worth repeating this year and every year hereafter. Thanks so much for posting and reminding us. A very Merry Christmas to you, Ray, and to all our service men and women, wherever they may be, active, retired, and waiting in the wings. May this great country of ours very soon take a turn for the better, and in so doing, quickly implement policies on all fronts that make the men and women of our military a top priority always. [Even just a small piece of the fortune Pelosi has spent on herself of our tax dollars over the last 3 or 4 years could have made at least 100 returning military peoples' lives 10 times better than they are going to be this Christmas.] May the spirit of Christmas be with ALL of us forever.


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