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Old 12-23-2005, 07:39 AM   #1
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<span class="ev_code_RED">Merry Christmas To All..And To The Grizwalds And Comrades In Arms Through Out The World...Thank You, Thank You Very Much!</span>

THE SANDS OF CHRISTMAS



by Michael Marks



I had no Christmas spirit

when I breathed a weary sigh,

And looked across the table

where the bills were piled too high.



The laundry wasn't finished

and the car I had to fix,

My stocks were down another point,

the Chargers lost by six.



And so with only minutes

till my son got home from school

I gave up on the drudgery

and grabbed a wooden stool.



The burdens that I carried

were about all I could take,

And so I flipped the TV on

to catch a little break.



I came upon a desert scene

in shades of tan and rust,

No snowflakes hung upon the wind,

just clouds of swirling dust.



And where the reindeer should have stood

before a laden sleigh,

Eight Humvees ran a column

right behind an M1A.



A group of boys walked past the tank,

not one was past his teens

Their eyes were hard as polished flint,

their faces drawn and lean.



They walked the street in armor

with their rifles shouldered tight,

Their dearest wish for Christmas,

just to have a silent night.



Other soldiers gathered,

hunkered down against the wind,

To share a scrap of mail

and dreams of going home again



There wasn't much at all

to put their lonely hearts at ease,

They had no Christmas turkey,

just a pack of MREs.



They didn't have a garland

or a stocking I could see,

They didn't need an ornament -

they lacked a Christmas tree.



They didn't have a present

even though it was tradition,

The only boxes I could see

were labeled "ammunition."



I felt a little tug

and found my son now by my side,

He asked me what it was I feared,

and why it was I cried.



I swept him up into my arms

and held him oh so near

And kissed him on the forehead

as I whispered in his ear.



"There's nothing wrong, my little son,

for safe we sleep tonight

Our heroes stand on foreign land

to give us all the right,



To worry on the things in life

that mean nothing at all,

Instead of wondering

if we will be the next to fall."



He looked at me as children do

and said, "it's always right,

To thank the ones who help us

and perhaps that we should write."



And so we pushed aside the bills

and sat to draft a note,

To thank the many far from home,

and this is what we wrote:



"God bless you all and keep you safe,

and speed your way back home.

Remember that we love you so,

and that you're not alone.



The gift you give you share with all,

a present every day,

You give the gift of liberty

and that we can't repay."
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Old 12-23-2005, 07:39 AM   #2
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<span class="ev_code_RED">Merry Christmas To All..And To The Grizwalds And Comrades In Arms Through Out The World...Thank You, Thank You Very Much!</span>

THE SANDS OF CHRISTMAS



by Michael Marks



I had no Christmas spirit

when I breathed a weary sigh,

And looked across the table

where the bills were piled too high.



The laundry wasn't finished

and the car I had to fix,

My stocks were down another point,

the Chargers lost by six.



And so with only minutes

till my son got home from school

I gave up on the drudgery

and grabbed a wooden stool.



The burdens that I carried

were about all I could take,

And so I flipped the TV on

to catch a little break.



I came upon a desert scene

in shades of tan and rust,

No snowflakes hung upon the wind,

just clouds of swirling dust.



And where the reindeer should have stood

before a laden sleigh,

Eight Humvees ran a column

right behind an M1A.



A group of boys walked past the tank,

not one was past his teens

Their eyes were hard as polished flint,

their faces drawn and lean.



They walked the street in armor

with their rifles shouldered tight,

Their dearest wish for Christmas,

just to have a silent night.



Other soldiers gathered,

hunkered down against the wind,

To share a scrap of mail

and dreams of going home again



There wasn't much at all

to put their lonely hearts at ease,

They had no Christmas turkey,

just a pack of MREs.



They didn't have a garland

or a stocking I could see,

They didn't need an ornament -

they lacked a Christmas tree.



They didn't have a present

even though it was tradition,

The only boxes I could see

were labeled "ammunition."



I felt a little tug

and found my son now by my side,

He asked me what it was I feared,

and why it was I cried.



I swept him up into my arms

and held him oh so near

And kissed him on the forehead

as I whispered in his ear.



"There's nothing wrong, my little son,

for safe we sleep tonight

Our heroes stand on foreign land

to give us all the right,



To worry on the things in life

that mean nothing at all,

Instead of wondering

if we will be the next to fall."



He looked at me as children do

and said, "it's always right,

To thank the ones who help us

and perhaps that we should write."



And so we pushed aside the bills

and sat to draft a note,

To thank the many far from home,

and this is what we wrote:



"God bless you all and keep you safe,

and speed your way back home.

Remember that we love you so,

and that you're not alone.



The gift you give you share with all,

a present every day,

You give the gift of liberty

and that we can't repay."
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Old 12-24-2005, 08:03 AM   #3
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Dave:

Very good...we will keep all of them in our thoughts this joyous season.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Everyone!

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Old 12-24-2005, 08:42 AM   #4
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Ditto and Merry Christmas to all!
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Old 12-24-2005, 10:28 AM   #5
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MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you and your families. I wish for all of you a healthy and happy holiday season with friends and family. Remember to say a pray for our Service men and women also.

God Bless!!!!

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Old 12-29-2005, 11:33 AM   #6
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Boy I'm a little late but I have an Excuse! I was in the WW at glamis all last week. Merry Xmas everybody and have a great new year. Watch out for all the crazies. Headed to Dumont as soon as I am done typing so see you next year.

Semper Fi

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Old 12-31-2005, 05:58 PM   #7
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Sorry Folks but apparently the link has expired.
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Thats neat HB, thanks!
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