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#46477 12/23/04 09:58 PM
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http://theartoftheblog.com/images/Video/untilthen.swf

Good Luck to any and all service men and women.


SSG (R) E. K White


"Yes I am a Pirate, 200 years to late" Jimmy Buffett
#46478 12/23/04 10:36 PM
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Thank you! there is more there than any works can express. I already miss my brother, its only been 2 months, 18 to go.

#46479 12/23/04 11:12 PM
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Once a member of "U Sucka's Miss Christmas" (USMC Dec. 26, 90 - Dec. 25, 94)I found that rather heart warming.

Reguardless of weather you might be for or against this war in Iraq, (personnally against it for reasons I wont go into here) one thing must remain clear. That the images you see on that video are only distant and glossy reflections of a much harsher reality. Being there... is something else. Especially during the Holidays. It's a job and they do it well, no over-time, no holiday pay, no week-ends, and if you average it out to dollars and hours it is half of minimum wage for most, and the rest not much more, even with $190 combat pay per month. IMPO Not one should be allowed to purchase their own dinner or drinks when they return. And X-mas and Thanksgiving rescheduled for thier return.

Mark


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"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason
#46480 12/24/04 10:29 AM
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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 SLIENT 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,"CARRRY 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 stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

#46481 12/24/04 07:07 PM
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adamb, welcome to ECN....

And thank you for posting that poem. It brought tears to my eyes.

God bless you and all our servicemen and women.


Stupid should be painful.
#46482 12/25/04 12:26 AM
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mxslick It brought tears to my eyes too, right or wrong our troops are away from home, missing little ones and loved ones x-miss, to try to make our life safer. Hopefully they know our thoughts are with them.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS WHERE EVER YOU ARE!!!!!


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