Let us not forget them today

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  1. jhorsf

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    Soldiers poem!
    T'WAS 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 INTO MY MIND.



    FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,

    SO DARK AND SO DREARY,

    I'D 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 DISORDER,

    NOT HOW I PICTURED,

    A TRUE BRITISH SOLDIER.



    WAS THIS THE HERO,

    OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?

    CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,

    THE FLOOR FOR A BED?



    I REALISED 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 GROWN-UPS 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 BUT 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 DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE,

    ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,

    THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOUR,

    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."



    This poem was written by a Peacekeeping Soldier stationed overseas.
     
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  2. Wildbill

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    :cry:
    i sit her with tears ruining down my face i once was that soldier as so many ex servic men wer thank you for sharing this with us:Smile:
     
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  3. pepper386

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    As a ex soldier & a farther of a serving one, you brought a tear to my eyes,
    lets hope they all have a peaceful one
    regards
    tony
     
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    Same as fellas..Been there done that..things are a whole heap better now..:Wink:
     
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    I cared, i served, i am at peace with life.
     
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    Amazing just how many of you are ex-services.

    Just wanted to say a very big THANK YOU to all of you - I for one appreciate all your trials and tribulations on my and my families behalf. You folk are special! :thumb:
     
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