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    Re: Lets honor the men and women fight overseas during this Christmas season.

    Quote Originally Posted by hoppypooh
    My husband has served 22 years and I've served almost 10 years with the Canadian Forces. We certainly know our share of American personnel and our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families for the courage they have shown and the sacrifices they have made.

    Please don't forget about the troops from other countries either... Right now Canada has operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Golan Heights, Sinai and Jerusalem.

    My husband has just returnd from his second time. Due to both our deployments, this will be the first Christmas we've been together since we've been married. That is the best Christmas present I could ever receive.
    I have to say thanks to you and your husband to Hoppy

    Yes we should not forget our friends and allies either.

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    Re: Lets honor the men and women fight overseas during this Christmas season.

    Amen!! thank you for all you are doing for our country. Prayers to all those serving in the military!!

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    Re: Lets honor the men and women fight overseas during this Christmas season.

    This is one of those email things but it is worth passing on:

    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 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.

    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 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
    FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.

    I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
    ON THAT COLD, DARK, 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 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 Marine..

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    Re: Lets honor the men and women fight overseas during this Christmas season.

    That is a good poem.

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    Re: Lets honor the men and women fight overseas during this Christmas season.

    Absolutely - may you return home safely!
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    Re: Lets honor the men and women fight overseas during this Christmas season.

    Quote Originally Posted by Disney Wrassler
    Anyone have any relatives or friends fighting overseas during the Christmas holiday? Lets keep them and their families in our thoughts during this season.

    I have an Uncle fighting in Iraq. I wish everyone overseas a happy holiday, and I am pretty sure that on behalf of everyone from Mice Chat, we would like to say thinks to all of the brave souls in the armed forces fighting overseas. Keep up the good work! I hope you return safely. I will try to keep this thread going strong for them over the holiday season.
    Thank you for starting this thread. I have a cousin over in Iraq on his forth tour.( one in the original desert storm , third this time) It is always nice to have extra prayers for him.
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    Re: Lets honor the men and women fight overseas during this Christmas season.

    One I got in my email recently, thought I'd share it here.

    THE SANDS OF CHRISTMAS
    by Michael Marks

    I had no Christmas spirit when I breathed a weary sigh,
    And looked across the table where the bills were piled too high.

    The laundry wasn't finished and the car I had to fix,
    My stocks were down another point, the Chargers lost by six.

    And so with only minutes till my son got home from school
    I gave up on the drudgery and grabbed a wooden stool.

    The burdens that I carried were about all I could take,
    And so I flipped the TV on to catch a little break.

    I came upon a desert scene in shades of tan and rust,
    No snowflakes hung upon the wind, just clouds of swirling dust.

    And where the reindeer should have stood before a laden sleigh,
    Eight Humvees ran a column right behind an M1A.

    A group of boys walked past the tank, not one was past his teens
    Their eyes were hard as polished flint, their faces drawn and lean.

    They walked the street in armor with their rifles shouldered tight,
    Their dearest wish for Christmas, just to have a silent night.

    Other soldiers gathered, hunkered down against the wind,
    To share a scrap of mail and dreams of going home again.

    There wasn't much at all to put their lonely hearts at ease,
    They had no Christmas turkey, just a pack of MREs.

    They didn't have a garland or a stocking I could see,
    They didn't need an ornament--they lacked a Christmas tree.

    They didn't have a present even though it was tradition,
    The only boxes I could see were labeled "ammunition."

    I felt a little tug and found my son now by my side,
    He asked me what it was I feared, and why it was I cried.

    I swept him up into my arms and held him oh so near,
    And kissed him on the forehead as I whispered in his ear.

    "There's nothing wrong, my little son, for safe we sleep tonight,
    Our heroes stand on foreign land to give us all the right,

    To worry on the things in life that mean nothing at all,
    Instead of wondering if we will be the next to fall."

    He looked at me as children do and said, "It's always right,
    To thank the ones who help us and perhaps that we should write."

    And so we pushed aside the bills and sat to draft a note,
    To thank the many far from home and this is what we wrote:

    "God bless you all and keep you safe and speed your way back home.
    Remember that we love you so, and that you're not alone.

    The gift you give you share with all, a present every day,
    You give the gift of liberty and that we can't repay."


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    Re: Lets honor the men and women fight overseas during this Christmas season.

    printed and sent thanks guys

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    Re: Lets honor the men and women fight overseas during this Christmas season.

    This is a very touching Thread. I may not be in the "Sandbox" but I am still overseas away from my wife and son. I just want to say Thank You as this thread brought a much needed smile to me.May you all enjoy a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Years. Godspeed....

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    Re: Lets honor the men and women fight overseas during this Christmas season.

    Quote Originally Posted by DSNE1995
    This is a very touching Thread. I may not be in the "Sandbox" but I am still overseas away from my wife and son. I just want to say Thank You as this thread brought a much needed smile to me.May you all enjoy a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Years. Godspeed....
    Well DSNE, I have to say thanks for fighting for our freedom . Tell all the boys and girls around you, that we chatters on Mice Chat are thinking of them and send out our best wishes and thanks to all.

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    Re: Lets honor the men and women fight overseas during this Christmas season.

    Any one else want to make a shout out to a troop or wish them a happy holiday?

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    Re: Lets honor the men and women fight overseas during this Christmas season.

    I, too, have friends and relatives serving in various armed forces overseas. I know from them personally that our troops are appreciated by the very large majority of people in the countries they are fighting and serving in. Its too bad that the media doesn't cover that aspect of the story as much as it does the controversies. Our troops do make a difference over there. And here, as a result.

    Thank God for them.

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    Re: Lets honor the men and women fight overseas during this Christmas season.

    My nephew is in Iraq...Merry Christmas Sean!
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    Re: Lets honor the men and women fight overseas during this Christmas season.

    Quote Originally Posted by speederscout
    I, too, have friends and relatives serving in various armed forces overseas. I know from them personally that our troops are appreciated by the very large majority of people in the countries they are fighting and serving in. Its too bad that the media doesn't cover that aspect of the story as much as it does the controversies. Our troops do make a difference over there. And here, as a result.

    Thank God for them.
    And unfortunately because of the media, people think that the war is completely pointless. I mean, we took Saddam out of power and are giving the Iraqi people more freedom than they had. I love those troops all over the world who are fighting for us. They are truely cool.

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    Re: Lets honor the men and women fight overseas during this Christmas season.

    Since we are now about 5 days away from Christmas, from now until then I will post something that I am thankful for that the troops are letting me have.

    I am thankful that they are fighting for my freedom so I can live my life without any worries.

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