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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."


PLEASE, Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S.service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
festivities. 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.



LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq
 

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Elk Man,
Your avatar picture is a little confusing. Have you been taking estrogen shots or something. You appear to be a really attractive female :)
 

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how do i print or e-mail a copy of the poem ? i tried to print it and only got one paragraph,,,thanking you in advance
 

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oldbiker39,
Highlight all the text, then right click on it and click copy. Then open MS Word, right click anywhere on the new page and click on paste.

You can follow the same process and paste it into an email.

If you have troube with this just send me and email and I will reply to it with the poem. You can then easily forward it to whomever you please. This goes for anyone who reads this.

Thanks Scout, we appreciate it.
 

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A big thanks to you Scout.........I wish everyone here would read that and give thanks to all the troops that can not be with there familys this time of year..... God bless........
 

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Thank You!!

Thank You for this. My oldest son is in the Air Force, hopefully out on the 8th of December, but might sign up for the Air National Guard. It is amazing how these young men and women change from our sons and duaghters to well trained responsible, respectful adults. I will send this to him. Again, Thank You for posting this. I hope we can all remember someone special this time of year.
 

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Sir, it is an honor and privlege to pass it on. From a former bubble head (submariner) and currently serving the USN by working on its F/A-18 program. I thank you and all military for your service.
 
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