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12-23-09, 12:26 PM #1
I would bet that everyone of us can relate to this from experience and I guess thats why it made my eyes sweat a bit. I remember two Christmas's in Vietnam and you all have similar memories. May the good lord watch over our brothers and sisters on watch for us this year and bring them home safely to their families.
Merry Christmas and Semper Fidelis
No better friend/No worse enemy
12-23-09, 01:30 PM #2
12-23-09, 02:03 PM #3
Excellent. Semper Fi!
12-23-09, 03:13 PM #4
Great! I grabbed the link and embedded it on my Facebook page as there more then a few that need to understand the true meaning of the holiday season. Thank you for this.
12-23-09, 04:16 PM #5
12-23-09, 04:46 PM #6
Thought some of you might like this....
A Different Christmas Poem
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,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the 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, and 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 the snow blown in 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 or 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 and 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..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that 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."
Then his eye 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."
LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq
"Real Integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that no body's going to know whether you did it or not."
12-23-09, 09:13 PM #7
Jim, Thanks for the tears of joy. I also will put this on my Facebookpage and forward to all my Marine friends and civilians. This is post is why your are the prime motivator and keeper of the flame. We love you Jim, carry on and merry Christmas
12-23-09, 09:27 PM #8
Oh my God, Merciful Father,,,,, Bring him home,,,,,,,,,
12-23-09, 09:37 PM #9
Outstanding video JIM,keep up the good work.....
SEMPER FI MY BROTHER..........Ed
12-23-09, 09:52 PM #10
Santa hears you and will do my best..HO,HO,HO,
Sgt. William Pilgrim Jr.
12-23-09, 09:53 PM #11
Both are great,thank you
12-23-09, 09:55 PM #12
12-23-09, 10:05 PM #13
How the hell do I embed this on facebook?
12-23-09, 10:13 PM #14
I wannna see the frog.
12-24-09, 02:10 AM #15
Here ya go Joe.....your wish is my mission.
No better friend/No worse enemy
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