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    Sending Christmas Wishes to Our Service Members

    i wanted to take some time and post a message in memory of those who are not able to be with their families during this time of year. i think we have a member on ppo who is currently serving in iraq, i pray that him and all of the other men and women across the globe a safe and Merry Christmas. my best wishes to all of those who wear/wore the uniform and all of our supporters, may God bless you all.

    BENJAMIN M. WEIERBACH, SSgt, USAFR
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    here's a poem i got over email a while ago, you may have read it before....

    Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
    In a one bedroom house made of plaster & 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 the fire, just boots filled with sand,
    On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.

    With medals and badges, awards of all kind
    A sober thought came through my mind.
    For this house was different, so dark and dreary,
    I knew I had found the home of a soldier, once I could see clearly.

    I heard stories about them, I had to see more
    So I walked down the hall and pushed open the door.
    And there he lay sleeping silent alone,
    Curled up on the floor in his one bedroom home.

    His face so gentle, his room in such disorder,
    Not how I pictured a United States soldier.
    Was this the hero of whom I’d just read?
    Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?

    His head was clean shaven, his weathered face tan,
    I soon understood this was more than a man.
    For I realized the families that I saw that night
    Owed their lives to these men who were willing to fight.

    Soon ‘round the world, the children would play,
    And grownups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.
    They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year,
    Because of soldiers like this one lying here.

    I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone
    On a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home.
    Just 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."

    With that he rolled over and drifted off into sleep,
    I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.
    I watched him for hours, so silent and still,
    I noticed he shivered from the cold night’s chill.

    So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,
    And I covered this Soldier from his toes to his head.
    And I put on his T-shirt of gray and black,
    With an eagle and an Army patch embroidered on back.

    And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride,
    And for a shining moment, I was United States Army deep inside.
    I didn’t want to leave him on that cold dark night,
    This guardian of honor so willing to fight.

    Then the soldier rolled over, whispered with a voice so clean and pure,
    "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!

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    Re: Sending Christmas Wishes to Our Service Members

    Great poem Whiteboy.

    I read it a few weeks ago & I was going to post it. I'm glad you did.

    We owe our freedom to all our soldiers past & present, whether they have fallen or retured home.

    Thank a vet.

    If you have the means to donate to the soldiers overseas this Xmas, please do so.

    "If at first you don't succeed, parachuting is not for you"

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    Re: Sending Christmas Wishes to Our Service Members

    This is an actual interview between a national radio spokeswoman and a U.S. Marine general who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop visiting his military installation. I will not identify the radio station or the name of the general, referring to him only as General Jones.


    FEMALE INTERVIEWER: So, General Jones, what things are you going to teach these young boys when they visit your base?

    GENERAL JONES: We're going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery, and shooting.

    FEMALE INTERVIEWER: Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it?

    GENERAL JONES: I don't see why, they'll be properly supervised on the rifle range.

    FEMALE INTERVIEWER: Don't you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?

    GENERAL JONES: I don't see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.

    FEMALE INTERVIEWER: But you're equipping them to become violent killers.

    GENERAL JONES: Well, Ma'am, you're equipped to be a prostitute, but you're not one, are you?

    The radio went silent and the interview ended.

    You gotta love the Marines.

    "If at first you don't succeed, parachuting is not for you"

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    "singersp" wrote:
    This is an actual interview between a national radio spokeswoman and a U.S. Marine general who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop visiting his military installation. I will not identify the radio station or the name of the general, referring to him only as General Jones.


    FEMALE INTERVIEWER: So, General Jones, what things are you going to teach these young boys when they visit your base?

    GENERAL JONES: We're going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery, and shooting.

    FEMALE INTERVIEWER: Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it?

    GENERAL JONES: I don't see why, they'll be properly supervised on the rifle range.

    FEMALE INTERVIEWER: Don't you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?

    GENERAL JONES: I don't see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.

    FEMALE INTERVIEWER: But you're equipping them to become violent killers.

    GENERAL JONES: Well, Ma'am, you're equipped to be a prostitute, but you're not one, are you?

    The radio went silent and the interview ended.

    You gotta love the Marines.
    LMFAO!!!! great post singer, i love it!

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    lets never forget what we are fighting for in iraq and afghanistan. for those who think we should pull out of these locations and stop the GWOT, remember how you felt on 9-11. bless a soldier, sailor, airman, and marine. POW/MIA, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

    DANIEL WEIERBACH, SSgt, USAF
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    "singersp" wrote:
    Thank a vet.
    Your welcome. :wink:

    Yes, say a special prayer to those who volunteer to put themselves in harms way and who serve our country with courage and valor!

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    "ultravikingfan" wrote:
    "singersp" wrote:
    Thank a vet.
    Your welcome. :wink:

    Yes, say a special prayer to those who volunteer to put themselves in harms way and who serve our country with courage and valor!
    Thanx Ultra! :salute:

    "If at first you don't succeed, parachuting is not for you"

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    "ultravikingfan" wrote:
    "singersp" wrote:
    Thank a vet.
    Your welcome. :wink:

    Yes, say a special prayer to those who volunteer to put themselves in harms way and who serve our country with courage and valor!
    not just those who volunteer, but also those ordered to go too. bless all servicemembers

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    "Rookie444" wrote:
    "ultravikingfan" wrote:
    "singersp" wrote:
    Thank a vet.
    Your welcome. :wink:

    Yes, say a special prayer to those who volunteer to put themselves in harms way and who serve our country with courage and valor!
    not just those who volunteer, but also those ordered to go too. bless all servicemembers
    Nobody is ordered to raise their hand and take the oath.

    I was not referring to those ordered into combat; something that is accepted once you take the oath.

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    "Rookie444" wrote:
    "ultravikingfan" wrote:
    "singersp" wrote:
    Thank a vet.
    Your welcome. :wink:

    Yes, say a special prayer to those who volunteer to put themselves in harms way and who serve our country with courage and valor!
    not just those who volunteer, but also those ordered to go too. bless all servicemembers
    lil brother, i think when ultra said "volunteer", he was meaning volunteerin to join the armed forces.

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