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A SOLDIERS CHRISTMAS

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Shortdrift, Dec 10, 2004.

  1. I received this from a friend and thought it might be appropriate to post this in the Lounge for the Holiday Season. Please consider passing it on.

    A SOLDIER’S 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 THE 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 SUCH DISORDER,
    NOT HOW I PICTURED
    A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

    WAS THIS THE HERO
    OF WHOM 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 THESE SOLDIERS
    WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

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

    THEY ALL ENJOYED 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,
    WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
    WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,
    IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS 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.
     
  2. DaleM

    DaleM Original OGF Staff Member

    Saw that a few years ago. Think about it people. I've been there. Christams is a tough time for any military person. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers this season.
     

  3. Thats A Great Story! Theres Been Alot Of Times I Stopped And Thought About The People Who Make The Things I Do At Home Possible. Kids,fishing,hunting! None Of It Would Be Possible Without Our Troops! God Bless The People Who Have And Are Protecting This Land! Without Them, I Have Nothing! :d
     
  4. Seaturd

    Seaturd Catcher of Fish

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    I get one more visit from my Marine Lance Corporal son before he ships off to Iraq in January. And hopefully many more upon his return.
     
  5. Corey

    Corey OGF Team-Charter Member

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    Here's some great info that kinda ties in:
    Quoted from the December 2004 issue of Fishing Tackle Retailer, Senior Writer Keith Jackson:

    "When reports surfaced of U.S. troops playing Huck Finn on the banks of the Tigris River in Irag in search of fish, Washington rod components manufacturer Pacific Bay International decided to do something about the quality of gear they were using. Pacific Bay CEO Bob Lee heard the stories about soldiers unraveling parachute cord, cutting up Slim Jims for bait, and generally making do with whatever they could find to serve as rods. That's when he decided to provide rod building components to volunteers willing to build rods for the troops.
    An invitation to custom rod builders to donate their talents was posted on a popular Web site. Rod builders across the country responded with offers; some pledged five custom rods. Meanwhile, Pacific Bay made arrangements with the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation department of the Armed Forces to ship about 50 custom rods by Thanksgiving.
    Erik Thompson, accounts manager for Pacific Bay, said the rod builders who accepted the challenge did a great job.
    "We look at these rods and see great attention to detail and a lot of hard work. We had one builder who matched reels to the rods. We had one builder who taped a note on the rods' handle, which we left in place.""
     
  6. That's great Corey! There isn't enough we can do to support our guys & gals serving over in that God forsaken hole, especially during the holiday season.;)