Please Don’t Forget….

Christmas is almost here and I have a request….
As you frantically rush to get all of your last minute shopping and Christmas tasks finished please take a moment to remember the amazing people in the military. Credit is due to our U.S. service men and women for us being able to celebrate these festivities. Also to those in Law Enforcement who serve and protect us. Let’s try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Ask people to stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us! As we snuggle in our warm beds on Christmas Eve for a long winter’s nap, they are out in the cold, protecting us.

This POEM is a bit long but well worth the time it takes to read. The author, LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN, says it all………..

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 ‘Its 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.”

 

  LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN

  30th Naval Construction Regiment

  OIC, Logistics Cell One

  Al Taqqadum, Iraq

 

Here’s a BIG THANK YOU HUG for taking time to remember the incredible men and women who serve and protect us. GOD BLESS them as well as you. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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6 Responses to “Please Don’t Forget….”

  1. bonita austin Says:

    Have a great holiday season and 2019.
    Bonnie

  2. bobbielovell Says:

    I hope we never forget, and never forget to be thankful

    Sent from my U.S. Cellular® Smartphone

  3. Fran Says:

    Beautiful Mikki.Thank you and Merry Christmas!

    I would like to pass this along – put together by Ron Hayman, a wonderful Georgia man with a heart for the troops…

    https://ihonorusa.com/

  4. Pushpa Deshmukh Says:

    Beautiful sentiments. Always remember!

  5. roseherczeg Says:

    Beautiful post, Mikki! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! xoxo

  6. Jhonette Baglio Says:

    You made me cry!!! I can’t wait to pass this on.
    Jhonette

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