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With aplogies for the formatting, but its the thought that counts

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> > > > '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."
> > > >
> > > > This poem was written by a Marine stationed in
> > > > Okinawa Japan. The following
> > > > is his request. I think it is reasonable.....
> > > >
> > > > PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending
> > > > this to as many people
> > > > as you can? 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.
> > > > Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of
> > > > what we owe. Make people
> > > > stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who
> > > > sacrificed themselves for
> > > > us.
> > > >
> > > > Please, do your small part to plant this small seed
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