December 11, 2005
All They Want For Christmas
This is a time of giving. So I am sure I am not alone in wondering what we can do for our troops overseas, the brave men and women spending Chrismas away from home, whether in Iraq, Afganistan, Kosovo (yes, they are still there) or any other lonely or dangerous place in the world -- even places we couldn't find on a map. Well One Marine has a great idea:
Many people leave comments (thank you very much by the way) and send emails about what they can send us, what do we need. What do we need? Really? Its more armor right…..nope. Its more troops right?..........nope. Its gotta be the stooper idea of pulling us out of here, right?..........mention that again and someone’s getting hurt, NO.
We simply need your support. Think back during past holidays. How many American flags have you seen flying? Cmon think!!!! Oh I know you see the usual holiday decorations and flags at the post office and bank but how about your work place, neighbor’s house or even your house? Im not trying to drive up my stock in American flags but the fact that they arnt that expensive and cost about as much as a lunch at McDonalds why don’t you have one flying??? Well??? ....
The American flag, a simple symbol that says “Land of the free home of the brave”. A representation of what we believe in and a simple way for YOU to show that you support us and the country. What would potential terrorist think if they went past a street with the stars and bars flying on everyone’s porch? [Yeah, yeah, he meant "Stars and Stripes;" he doesn't mean the Confederate flag! -- the Mgt.]
Also, this poem, posted by Hilary (No, not that Hillary!), brings tears to my eyes:
"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."
"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."
Our commentator and author of Small Town Veteran, Bill Faith, kindly informs me that the poem, "a Soldiers Christmas," I linked from Hilary's site was written by Michael Marks. Michael has written many other poems. Be sure to check them out.
Read the whole thing. Fly Old Glory. And let's pray for the men and women upon the wall: they're standing their posts for us.
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The following hissed in response by: KarmiCommunist
My Dad lived through WW2, Korea, Viet Nan, and some other War in South America. My Mom had six kids, the sixth one arrived just after my Dad was sent to Viet Nam. i heard my Mom crying,late at night...many times. My Mom missed my Dad a *LOT*, but she was able to deal with it, since my Dad kept coming back from each War. Murtha, or whatever his name is, has no clue.
This is a time of giving. So I am sure I am not alone in wondering what we can do for our troops overseas, the brave men and women spending Chrismas away from home, whether in Iraq, Afganistan, Kosovo (yes, they are still there) or any other lonely or dangerous place in the world -- even places we couldn't find on a map.
Well, my Dad is still alive, but i remember the many *TEARS* that my Mom shed for him, and her Sons that also went to War.
Sachi...in my humble Low and Ignorant Insane swamp hermit opinion, Wives and Mothers deserve much more help and respect than what we give them. War is difficult,much like Prison, and women/Women are not always faithful. Men and men are probably not either; however, i remember my Mom's *TEARS* from a young age, for my Dad, and later on for my Brothers and i.
A Woman that sticks by "Her Man" during such trying times as War, deserves respect...
The above hissed in response by: KarmiCommunist at December 11, 2005 9:19 PM
The following hissed in response by: Bill Faith
Sachi, that poem you posted part of is A SOLDIER'S CHRISTMAS by Michael Marks. I've received copies of it by email several times, usually without the proper attribution, which I'm guessing is also how Hilary received it. I'm reasonably certain Michael approves of it being posted in it's entirety as many places on the web as possible (I posted it last year and re-posted it this year for my newer readers), but I also assume he'd like to see his name attached to it. That's consistent with his stated wishes when he emailed me Christmas Wish last month. There's a complete (I think) selection of his works at http://iwvpa.net/marksm/index.htm.
The above hissed in response by: Bill Faith at December 12, 2005 1:21 AM
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