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Friday, December 23, 2011

FITNHEALTHYKAL left this comment on my spark page and i thought i make share it with you.for all the solders all over the world.

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 whom in this house did live.
As I looked all around a strange sight I did see,
No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stockings by the fire, just boots full of sand.
On the wall hung pictures of a far-away land.
With medals and badges, awards of all kinds,
A sobering thought soon came to my mind.
For this house was different, unlike any I’d seen.
This was the house of a U.S. Marine.
I’d heard stories about them, so I had to see more.
I walked down the hallway and pushed open the door.
And there he lay sleeping. Silent. Alone.
Curled up on the floor of 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 on his poncho, a floor for his bed?
His head was clean shaven, his face weathered tan.
I soon understood this was more than a man.
For I realized families that I had just seen that night
Owed their lives to these men, so willing to fight.
Soon around the nation the children would play
And grown-ups would celebrate a bright Christmas Day.
They enjoyed freedom each day and all year
Because of Marines like the one lying here.
I couldn’t help but 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 awakened for I heard a rough voice.
“Santa, Don’t cry. This 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. So still.
I noticed he shivered from the cold night’s chill.
So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,
To cover this Marine from his toes to his head.
Then I put on his tee-shirt of scarlet and gold,
With an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold.
Although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride.
For one shining moment, I was the 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 good night!







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AHMARROSE 12/25/2011 6:56PM

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MARLIZG 12/25/2011 4:00PM

    Merry Christmas & thankyou

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MUSIC66 12/25/2011 5:48AM

    thanks for sharing.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 12/24/2011 5:22PM

    emoticon for sharing !
Merry Christmas, to all those who observe it !
Season's Greetings, to all !






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MARLIZG 12/24/2011 12:58PM

    I have a joke for you. A woman walks into the post office to get stamps & orders 50. The clerk asks her "what denominations?". She says, "oh no, it's come to this. I'll have 22 catholic, 12 baptist, 10 episcopalian, and 6 presbyterian." Thought you'd get a chuckle. Hope your Christmas is merry.

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JCARDINAL 12/24/2011 12:23PM

    emoticon That was wonderful!

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JUDITH1654 12/24/2011 8:26AM

    I've read this before and always love it! Thanks for sharing!
Those of us who celebrate Christ's birth at this time of year need to remember this and how much we owe to all the fighting men and women to keep us ALL safe!

Merry Christams to all!

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POSITIVELY_EB 12/23/2011 9:04PM

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SUSIEPH1 12/23/2011 8:56PM

    How Thought provoking .. Thank you Dear friend for Sharing ..
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AMBERZADE 12/23/2011 8:39PM

    Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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