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Saturday, December 8, 2012

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas–Marine Style

Just saw this in a link in my email Thursday:

Merry Christmas, My Friend

'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.

As 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 a far distant land.

With medals and badges, awards of all kind,
a sobering thought soon came to my mind.
For this house was different, unlike any I’d seen.
This was the home of a U.S. Marine.

I’d 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.

He seemed so gentle, his face so serene,
Not how I pictured a U.S. Marine.
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 around the Nation, the children would play,
And grown-ups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.

They all enjoyed freedom, each month and all year,
because of Marines 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 I started to cry.

He must have awoken, for 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, 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 covered this Marine from his toes to his head.
Then I put on his T-shirt of scarlet and gold,
with an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold.
And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride,
and for one shining moment, I was Marine Corps deep inside.

I didn’t want to leave him so quiet in the night,
this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
But half asleep he rolled over, and in a voice clean and pure,
said “Carry on, Santa, it’s Christmas Day, all secure.”
One look at my watch and I knew he was right,

Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi and goodnight
Written by Corporal James M. Schmidt

Rundown for December 8, 2012

Join Rick Bulow and Billie Cotter (Host of Nobamanation every Thursday at 8 PM Eastern on the Conservative Radio Network) as they go through the week in news. This week they will throw open the lines and let the callers dictate the show pace, even with a few interesting things that had been happening in the news with the Unemployment dropping and also with DeMint resigning from the Senate to head the Heritage Institute. There is also a verdict passed down on the #BrettKimberlin case which is a blow for the First Amendment and they will discuss that as well. All that plus Schmuck of the Week.
Come and join us today at 1:30 PM Eastern for Red, Right, and Blue! The chatroom at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conservativennationradio/2012/12/08/red-right-and-blue will be open 30 minutes early for the usual meet and greet with the hosts. If you want to get in the call queue before the show, call 5 – 10 minutes before the show starts. The number is 718-305-7176. If you want to get into the queue after the show, you can also Skype in. Just scroll to the top of the page and hit the little Skype logo next to the phone number (or as my good friend the Reactionariez calls it the Skipity Skype button) and follow the instructions of the lovely English lady on the other end, and you will be in the queue, If you want to listen as a guest in the room and not log in to chat in the room, the only way to engage the conversation that way is on Twitter. Just use the hashtag #RedRightBlue.
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