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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 7:22 pm
 


A SOLDIER’S CHRISTMAS

Twas 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 home 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 hung pictures
Of far distant lands.

With medals and badges,
Awards of all kinds,
A sober thought
Came through my mind.

For this house was different,
It was dark and dreary,
I found the home of a soldier,
Once 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 such disorder,
Not how I pictured
A Canadian 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.

The very thought brought
A tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees
And started to cry.

The soldier awakened
And 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 corp.”

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
From the cold night’s chill.

I didn’t want to leave
On that cold, dark, night
This guardian of honour
So willing to fight.

Then the soldier rolled over,
With a voice soft and pure,
Whispered, “Carry on Santa,
It’s Christmas Day, all is secure.”

One look at my watch, and I knew
He was right.
“Merry Christmas my friend, and
To all a Good Night.”

This poem was written by a peacekeeping soldier stationed overseas. The following is his request. I think it is reasonable…

PLEASE...Would you do me the kind favour of sending this to as many people as you can?
Christmas is coming soon and some credit is due to our Canadian service men and women who are unable to be home to celebrate the festivities with their families.
Let’s try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.
PLEASE, DO YOUR SMALL PART TO PLANT THIS SMALL SEED…

THANK YOU


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 7:27 pm
 


lyonhart wrote:
Christmas is coming soon...


A bit out of season, aren't we?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 7:29 pm
 


My friend you are never out of season, have you ever been on a mission over the holidays? Are you proud to server? And I really liked this one so why wait to share?


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Very nice no matter when it is shared. I think it speaks the truth and makes you stop and realize what soliders give up for us to be free. It hit home for me as I have a dear friend over seas right now. Who will spend Xmas alone. TY


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:26 pm
 


lyonhart wrote:
My friend you are never out of season, have you ever been on a mission over the holidays? Are you proud to server? And I really liked this one so why wait to share?


I agree with you! I spent Christmas away from my family in "92 while I was in Croatia as Chief Clerk with 3 PPCLI!


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2005 10:52 pm
 


I'm so glad that this taskforce isn't leaving untill mid January I wouldn't want to be in Afghanistan over christmas. Godspeed to the 3PPCLI group that is over there right now, and I'll be there to take over soon.

Ladies & Gentelmen


To the Queen!!!! [BB]


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