Three Hours into a Baghdad Christmas

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    This is right up this alley. Thanks so much for your service and may god Bless you.

    A Different Christmas Poem


    The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
    I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
    My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
    My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

    Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
    Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
    The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
    Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

    My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
    Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
    In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
    So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
    The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
    But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
    Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
    sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

    My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
    And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
    Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
    A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
    A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
    Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.

    Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
    Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child..
    What are you doing? I asked without fear,
    Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
    Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
    You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!

    For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
    Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.
    To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
    Then he sighed and he said It’s really all right,
    I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.'
    It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
    That separates you from the darkest of times.
    No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
    I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

    My Gramps died at Pearl on a day in December,
    Then he sighed, That's a Christmas Gram always remembers.
    My dad stood his watch in the jungles of “Nam”,
    And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
    I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
    But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.

    Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
    The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
    I can live through the cold and the being alone,
    Away from my family, my house and my home.
    I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
    I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
    I can carry the weight of killing another,
    Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
    Who stand at the front against any and all,
    To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.
    So go back inside, he said, harbor no fright,
    Your family is waiting and I'll be all right.

    But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
    Give you money, I asked, or prepare you a feast?
    It seems all too little for all that you've done,
    For being away from your wife and your son.
    Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
    Just tell us you love us, and never forget
    To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
    To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
    For when we come home, either standing or dead,
    To know you remember we fought and we bled.
    Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
    That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.
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    Opfor,

    Thank you for serving our country. Hope that you and your unit stay safe, complete the mission and return home soon. Merry Christmas - Hooah!
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    +1 Stay safe!

    Thanks for your service, we greatly appreciate the sacrifices you make on all our behalf.

    Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and our prayers for your safe return home soon.

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    Merry christmas from Canada, my your's be safe and happy.

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    OPFOR,

    Mery Christmas to you and yours. Thank you for your service, we will always be indebted to you for it.

    Stay safe and remember that we are with you.

    Godspeed my friend.
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    Merry Christmas OPFOR.....& say hello to my son-in-law....He's over there with you guys....
    Quemadmodum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est.-Seneca

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    Merry Christmas OPFOR! Stay safe and try to have a happy and joyous Christmas!

    Thank you for serving and thank you for protecting all of us!
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    Awesome! Merry Christmas to you too OPFOR and thank you very much for your service! Please, give some Merry Christmas wishes to some of the other soldiers there with you as well. God Bless you all!
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    Merry Christmas and safe home when Your day is done. Thank You all over there.

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    Thanks.



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    Hey OPFOR,
    Merry X-mas from the same time zone, although we are now 16 hours or so into the day. Stay safe over there, take it easy.
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    Merry Christmas.. Thank you for your Service!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by XD in SC View Post
    Merry Christmas!!!


    Did you get any snow????


    Anyway, Merry Christmas back at 'ya. Somewhere I missed the relocation announcement...you were still in brazil last I knew. Oh well, stay safe.
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    Merry Christmas to you and all that is on the watch. God Bless you and come home safe.
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    Just call me a pessimistic optimist !

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