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PostSubject: A Soldier's Christmas   Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:09 am

T'was 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 house 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 were hung pictures of far distant lands.
With medals and badges, awards of all kinds,
a sobering thought then came to my mind.
For this house was different, so dark and so dreary,
the home of a soldier, now 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 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.
This very thought brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees and I started to cry.
The soldier awakened and heard my 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 in the cold evenings chill.

I didn't want to leave, on that cold winter 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.....and all is secure."
One look at my watch and I knew he was right.
"Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night."

By Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt

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PostSubject: Re: A Soldier's Christmas   Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:17 pm

I'm glad you remembered to post this. It's a good one. Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: A Soldier's Christmas   Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:20 pm

I read it several times a year! It has a very powerful message and one that I like.

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PostSubject: Re: A Soldier's Christmas   Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:39 pm

It's good. It's something you wont see inany newspapers. Now that's a damn shame.
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PostSubject: Re: A Soldier's Christmas   Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:21 pm

I have some more and will try to get them posted in the next week or so!

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PostSubject: Re: A Soldier's Christmas   Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:58 pm

Ok good.
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