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A Plea from a Soldier's Heart this Christmas:
Saturday, December 11, 2004  12:31:00 PM

by Pamela Faye



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Written from a heartfelt plea by a Marine stationed in Okinawa, Japan: His words lift with echoes from distant shores to beloved countries where Freedom is the most treasured gift of all for these fighting men and women to give.

Sheilah Whaley from Operation Iraqi Freedom said, “What greater gift can one receive than the knowledge that this marine and thousands of others keep watch over us all while we prepare for Christmas and the rest of our lives.”

From the heart of the Marine, "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.” His dedication, his honor, his life… these are the gifts he gives… these are the words he wrote.

'Twas The Night Before 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 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."

From a Marine – Okinawa Japan.

Silent Night, Holy Night… God’s eternal grace be with all Freedom fighting troops in far away Lands this Christmas.

Submitted By:

Pamela Faye
Arts Editor

Mark Baker
Managing Director
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