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    Default Merry Christmas

    Despite all the troubles we are having this year, there is so much we have to really be grateful for. I just finished watching all 26 episodes of Victory at Sea, and was reminded of how much our military has given to keep us free, including my father and all my uncles, and my wife's father who was killed over New Guinea in WWII, so, though I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy new Year, I especially want to ask God to bless all our fighting men and women, active and retired, and for them to always get home safe and whole.

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    Moderator Alaskacanoe's Avatar
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    thank you mauser for your good words
    We live in the a wonderful country
    inspired me to have my children learn more about the sacrifices many have made for my freedom
    the ulitmate sacrifice..
    When you come to a fork in the trail, take it!

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    Thank you Both for your comments. Max may you and your family have a very very Happy Holiday Season.

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    Thank You! And whenever you/we/anyone sees a man or woman in uniform we should all thank them too.

    Vietnam - June 70 - Feb. 72
    Cancer from Agent Orange - Aug. 25th 2012
    Cancer Survivor - Dec. 14th 2012

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    Folks in uniform..
    Dave .. you are dead on..
    traveling this past month to san diego , vegas, Utah, Arizona I saw many of our military folks in airports convienience stores and hamburger joints. Its not easy to approach our warriors at times because we dont know how our approach will be recieved, but do it anyway and offer a thank you and buy them what ever they are ordering if you can...
    We have but one life on this planet and their are 6 billion of us crawling around on it as we speak.. for my money,, we as Americans are the luckiest 300 million out of that 6 billion folks on this world .. We lucked into being born here, brought here or moved here to enjoy this most wonderful freedom.
    I also went to Mexico for a week ,, and .. well I am grateful my passport let me back into the USA.
    When you come to a fork in the trail, take it!

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    +1 to all of the above and I wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

    I make a point to shake the hand of every Veteran I meet and I especially go out of my way to Thank the Veterans of Vietnam, having been sent by our country to war, I know how difficult that can be, but at least I returned to a "Thank you and a warm welcome" many Vietnam veterans were NOT welcomed home. God bless them and I for one say Thank You for your service and sacrifice.


    “Merry Christmas, My Friend” by LCpl James M Schmidt, USMC, 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.
    "I refuse to let the things I can't do stop me from doing the things I can"

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    Right on Steve. I really think Vietnam veterans were treated differently. I've heard many stories from soldiers who returned home and were mistreated by those whom they were fighting for ... Great verses from 'Soldiers Night Before Christmas'

    Semper Fi and Merry Christmas,

    - Ed

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    My Uncle served in the Army during Vietnam. He only spoke of his time in the service with me after everyone else had gone to sleep and we were left alone sitting by the campfire we both enjoy so much. A man of great honor and a soft smile who was quick to lend a hand. He told me about all the things that happened in his time in the jungle, but refused to speak of his return home. I think his "welcome" home scarred him more than everything he saw and went through over there. He was so proud of me when I told him I volunteered to enlist in the Air Force. He thanked me often for my service, and I always did the same. He passed away 9 years ago from leukemia. Miss him. My grandfather, his dad, was a Marine and served from right at the end of WWII to the beginning of the Korean war. He gave me all his stuff he still had from the service to include his original dog tags. They are much different than the ones I have. Oval shaped and attached to a plastic lanyard that's been yellowed by time. I am proud and thankful to be an American. Thank you to all the Veterans regardless of branch of service, or time served. We all have a part in defending this great nation. To all of you who support the veterans...thank you from the bottom of my heart. Merry Christmas...

    Chris AKA-AZinAK


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