Far From Home
For many of us Christmas is a time of celebration and a time for being with family. The soldier holds no such luxury but as expressed in the two videos below…it is by choice. Both of these poems were intended to be passed around, their message shared far and wide, which is how I came upon them. Thank you to my friends Russ Towne, also a blogger at A Grateful Man and gpcox at Pacificparatrooper for sharing these with me. Clicking on the bold words will lead you to the links.
The first video, called A Soldier’s Christmas eventually reached the eyes of W. B. Ward who said, ” I have seen the text version of this floating around the Internet, and it was so beautifully written I could not help but produce the narrative. It is my wish that this touches you in ways that would cause you to share this message. Merry Christmas.” An addendum was added later, “I have since learned from the original poster that this poem is called “A Soldiers Christmas,” written by Michael Marks.” After listening to it, I agree that it is beautiful and worthy of sharing with you.
Another famous Christmas poem which gained instant popularity among servicemen originally titled, Merry Christmas, My Friend – written by Lance Corporal, James M. Schmidt while stationed in Washington DC in 1986. Though many stories have been attached to this poem which had since been renamed, A Soldier’s Night Before Christmas, it’s message is genuine and the meaning cannot be mistaken. This video includes a slide show of sleeping soldiers throughout the poem’s narration…and as you can see, you were lucky if you actually had a bed to sleep on.
I wanted to give a little shout out to another blogger who has inspired me again and again with what she does to help make the soldier’s journey more bearable. Gina Left the Mail has been writing soldiers and sending care packages for over a year and she shares her stories and advice on what people can do to make life for the soldier…just a little bit better.
So as we slip off into the hustle and bustle of our own private lives…remember to keep a thought out for the soldiers far from home.
May these holidays bring peace and comfort into your lives.