May I wish you and yours Merry Christmas.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Rob, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. Rob

    Rob

    873
    Jul 28, 2005
    Truro, Cornwall, UK
    Enjoy your holiday, revel in the warmth of your families, and if you cannot, then remember you are not alone. Millions of others will be apart this year, but you are not forgotten, and neither should you be.
    On both sides of the Atlantic we have service personnel protecting us, so that we may continue to enjoy our way of life, may I offer James Schmidt's poem as a reminder of what our troops do for us.

    Merry Christmas everybody. Ding Dong! :smile:


    Merry Christmas, My Friend
    By James M. Schmidt, a Marine Lance Corporal
    stationed in Washington, D.C., in 1986.

    Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
    In a one bedroom house made of plaster & stone.
    I had come down the chimney, with presents to give
    and to see just who in this home did live

    As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
    no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
    No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand.
    On the wall hung pictures of a far distant land.

    With medals and badges, awards of all kind,
    a sobering thought soon came to my mind.
    For this house was different, unlike any I'd seen.
    This was the home of a U.S. Marine.

    I'd heard stories about them, I had to see more,
    so I walked down the hall and pushed open the door.
    And there he lay sleeping, silent, alone,
    Curled up on the floor in his one-bedroom home.

    He seemed so gentle, his face so serene,
    Not how I pictured a U.S. Marine.
    Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read?
    Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?

    His head was clean-shaven, his weathered face tan.
    I soon understood, this was more than a man.
    For I realized the families that I saw that night,
    owed their lives to these men, who were willing to fight.

    Soon around the Nation, the children would play,
    And grown-ups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.
    They all enjoyed freedom, each month and all year,
    because of Marines like this one lying here.

    I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone,
    on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home.
    Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye.
    I dropped to my knees and I started to cry.

    He must have awoken, for 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."

    With that he rolled over, drifted off into sleep,
    I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.

    I watched him for hours, so silent and still.
    I noticed he shivered from the cold night's chill.
    So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,
    and covered this Marine from his toes to his head.
    Then I put on his T-shirt of scarlet and gold,
    with an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold.
    And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride,
    and for one shining moment, I was Marine Corps deep inside.

    I didn't want to leave him so quiet in the night,
    this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
    But half asleep he rolled over, and in a voice clean and pure,
    said "Carry on, Santa, it's Christmas Day, all secure."
    One look at my watch and I knew he was right,
    Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi and goodnight.
     
  2. GaryW

    GaryW Guest

    Thanks, Rob.

    I pray for our troops and the British troops also. Let us hope that by this time next year, they will all be home.
     
  3. Thanks, Rob.

    Merry Christmas to you.
     
  4. Thanks for your wishes Rob - I get goose bumps every time I see this poem. Thanks for posting it. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.
     
  5. Thanks Rob for the poem. It really touches the heart.
     
  6. lowlight_junkie

    lowlight_junkie

    353
    Nov 28, 2005
    Thanks Rob, all the best to you and yours also!
     
  7. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    This is a tough read. Read it many times.
    I have two Marine Grandchildren. One Young Man and one Young Woman.
    Father was a Marine in WWII..

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    Thank you for your great greeting.
     
  8. I pray for the safety of our troups and all people involved in world conflict. I pray that reason and peace prevail in the hearts and minds of our leaders and adversaries.....that 2006 be a year made special by peace and understanding. My heart goes out to all who have made sacrifices to serve our country and especially those who have lost loved ones. There is no greater love than one who lays down his life for his brother or sister.

    Peace,
     
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