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    To All A Goodnight ...............Veterans Day

    The following was written by a Marine.To me it represents all that serve and have served this country.



    And To All A Goodnight….

    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 did I see
    No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
    No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand.
    On the walls 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’ve 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 of 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 face weathered 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 grownups 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 knee and I started to cry.


    He must have awoken, for I heard a rough voice.
    Santa don’t cry, .This 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 nights 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, its Christmas day, all secure.”
    One look at my watch and I knew he was right.
    Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi, and goodnight.

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    I'll add my favorite.

    The Final Inspection

    The soldier stood and faced his God,
    Which must always come to pass;
    He hoped his shoes were shining bright,
    Just as brightly as his brass.

    "Step forward now, soldier,
    How shall I deal with you?
    Have you turned the other cheek?
    To my church have you been true?"

    The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
    "No, Lord, I guess I ain't;
    Because those of us who carry guns,
    Can't always be a saint.

    I've had to work most Sundays,
    And at times my talk was rough;
    I've had to break your rules my Lord,
    Because the world is awfully tough.

    But, I never took a thing
    That wasn't mine to keep;
    Though I worked a lot of overtime,
    When the bills got just too steep.

    And I never passed a cry for help,
    Though at times I shook with fear;
    And sometimes ... God forgive me,
    I've wept unmanly tears.

    I know I don't deserve a place
    Among the people here;
    They never wanted me around,
    Except to calm their fears.

    If you've a place for me here, Lord,
    It needn't be so grand;
    I never expected or had too much,
    But if you don't, I'll understand."

    There was a silence all around the throne,
    Where the saints often trod;
    As the soldier waited quietly,
    For the judgment of his God.

    "Step forward now, soldier,
    You've borne your burdens well;
    Come walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
    You've done your time in HELL!"
    ~ Author Unknown ~

    Have a Happy Veterans Day to all my brothers and sisters in arms.

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    You can read the original "Soldier's Christmas" here:

    http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/soldier.asp

    Good poem but it seems that over the years several have taken credit for it.
    "If I shoot all the ammo I am carrying I either won't need anymore or more won't help"

    "If you refuse to stand up for others now, who will stand up for you when your time comes?"

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    Happy Veteran's Day to all my fellow veterans! I am proud to have served my country. May God bless all veterans and the troops who are serving now.
    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; it's the only thing that ever does.- Margaret Mead


    Those who will not fight for justice today will fight for their lives in the future,

    Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote. Benjamin Franklin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruby View Post
    Happy Veteran's Day to all my fellow veterans! I am proud to have served my country. May God bless all veterans and the troops who are serving now.
    +1 to all my brothers and sisters in arms. Thank you for your service and the honor of serving with you.

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    To some vetrans in my family...

    My wife...Navy, Operation Noble Eagle
    My dad...Vietnam, Yeoman for Adm. Ulysses S. Grant Sharp Jr.
    My uncles...Vietnam, US Army
    My great uncle...Ada Andersen, USS Arizona WWII
    My great great, great, great grandfather....William L Storrs, War of 1812, US Congressman
    My great great, great great uncle...Henry R Storrs, War of 1812, US Congressman
    And lastly, (not sure...great something grandfather) James Smith, Revolutionary War, Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

    Thanks to my family who have served, their wives and families....
    Live Free or Die!

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    Dave Niehaus

    Niehaus graduated from Indiana University in 1957, entered the military, and began his broadcasting career with Armed Forces Radio. He became a partner of Dick Enberg on the broadcast team of the California Angels in 1969. Niehaus also broadcast the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL and UCLA Bruins football and basketball during this period.

    RIP to Dave.
    Live Free or Die!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogodawgs View Post
    My wife...Navy, Operation Noble Eagle
    My dad...Vietnam, Yeoman for Adm. Ulysses S. Grant Sharp Jr.
    My uncles...Vietnam, US Army
    My great uncle...Ada Andersen, USS Arizona WWII
    My great great, great, great grandfather....William L Storrs, War of 1812, US Congressman
    My great great, great great uncle...Henry R Storrs, War of 1812, US Congressman
    And lastly, (not sure...great something grandfather) James Smith, Revolutionary War, Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

    Thanks to my family who have served, their wives and families....
    There's a nice lineage to be proud of!

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    Thanks to all that served past and present. I wish I could say the same to my father, unfortunately he passed away 2 years ago. he was a veteran of the Second World War, and I have always felt a sense of pride whenever I was with him. God bless you all and may those who are currently serving stay safe out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogodawgs View Post
    My wife...Navy, Operation Noble Eagle
    My dad...Vietnam, Yeoman for Adm. Ulysses S. Grant Sharp Jr.
    My uncles...Vietnam, US Army
    My great uncle...Ada Andersen, USS Arizona WWII
    My great great, great, great grandfather....William L Storrs, War of 1812, US Congressman
    My great great, great great uncle...Henry R Storrs, War of 1812, US Congressman
    And lastly, (not sure...great something grandfather) James Smith, Revolutionary War, Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

    Thanks to my family who have served, their wives and families....
    Good post.

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    http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm For those who may have friends' names listed here.

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    My father in WW2 in the pacific.Korea,Myself with the 1st Cav and 75th Rangers in Vietnam.

    I remember David Allen Lydic PFC 1st Cav from Jonestown PA. killed in Vietnam May 10th 1972.We went through training together and to Vietnam. He was 19 and a good friend.

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    Happy Veteran's Day to all my brothers and sisters in arms!

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    Don't tell me why you didn't vote, explain it to a vet

    "...On this day when the nation honors its military veterans ... it might be more appropriate for these non-voting slackers to trot down to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars hall, find somebody who walks on crutches or artificial limbs, or will spend the rest of his days in a wheelchair, and explain to that citizen hero just why it was that you couldn’t get off your lazy fat apathy to vote....

    "...AND, IN MEMORIUM, this column humbly suggests that one of the reasons it will be hard to hear in Heaven from now on is that the great Dave Niehaus is, at this very moment, sitting at a golden mike, calling the plays for that eternal baseball game in the sky, bringing the fans out of their seats...


    http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-i...in-it-to-a-vet

    Or try this:

    http://tinyurl.com/2c73cre
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    A Wish for all Veterans in having a Very Rememberable Veterans Day.
    • Being prepared is to prepare, this is our responsibility.
    • I am not your Mommy or Daddy and do not sugar coat it but I will tell you simply as how I see it, it is up to you on how you will or will not use it.
    • IANAL, all information I present is for your review, do your own homework.

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    From the Great State of Alabama

    To all my brothers and sisters in arms, past and present, in the Great State of Washington: Thank you for your service and may you have a memorable Veterans' Day.

    One great grandfather - 44th Indiana Volunteer Infantry
    Two other great grandfathers - 32nd Alabama Infantry
    Dad - Field Artillery - France WWI
    Cousin - Normandy Invasion WWII
    Stepbrother - Korea and Vietnam - U.S.Navy
    Self - Twenty-one years, U.S. Army Ordnance Corps (I was on Active Duty when the Berlin Wall was erected and I was on Active Duty when it was torn down)
    Son and Daughter-in-law - U.S. Army - Son is in Afghanistan at present - Dad will stay worried until he is back home.

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    double tap
    Last edited by Jeff Hayes; 11-11-2010 at 07:33 PM.

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    My family came to this country in the 1600s before it was a country and have served ever since
    Just a few of my family I would like to honor today, I could go on and on.

    Steve Hayes Son USMC Iraq
    Koenig Hayes Uncle USMC Chosin Reservoir
    Nathan Moore Grandfather WW1 French trenches
    Phillip Hupp Matross USMC 1775-1779
    Everhart Hupp LT Revolutionary Army

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orphan View Post
    My family came to this country in the 1600s before it was a country and have served ever since
    Just a few of my family I would like to honor today, I could go on and on.

    Steve Hayes Son USMC Iraq
    Koenig Hayes Uncle USMC Chosin Reservoir
    Nathan Moore Grandfather WW1 French trenches
    Phillip Hupp Matross USMC 1775-1779
    Everhart Hupp LT Revolutionary Army
    My family came around the same time two branches, theres a town in Vermont named after my last name. the others Virginia area, and of course the other part been around here for 12,000 years or so.

    Heartfelt thanks to all the warriors who served and made things like freely posting our thoughts on a a forum (an inherit right) possible.

    Although I haven't signed up for the service most my family have, my cousin has done 3 tours in Iraq and is getting ready to be deployed again to Afganistan. My grandfather served in the navy in the south pacific, my brother in Persian golf and Korea (most folks don't realize Korean War is still ongoing) several uncles in Vietnam. To all a thanks, and again from the native american belief we are born warriors ...Hy'shqe siam. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orphan View Post
    My family came to this country in the 1600s before it was a country and have served ever since
    Just a few of my family I would like to honor today, I could go on and on.

    Steve Hayes Son USMC Iraq
    Koenig Hayes Uncle USMC Chosin Reservoir
    Nathan Moore Grandfather WW1 French trenches
    Phillip Hupp Matross USMC 1775-1779
    Everhart Hupp LT Revolutionary Army
    Knew there was a reason we seem to have the same perspectives on Freedom.
    Live Free or Die!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sudden valley gunner View Post
    My family came around the same time two branches, theres a town in Vermont named after my last name. the others Virginia area, and of course the other part been around here for 12,000 years or so.

    Heartfelt thanks to all the warriors who served and made things like freely posting our thoughts on a a forum (an inherit right) possible.

    Although I haven't signed up for the service most my family have, my cousin has done 3 tours in Iraq and is getting ready to be deployed again to Afganistan. My grandfather served in the navy in the south pacific, my brother in Persian golf and Korea (most folks don't realize Korean War is still ongoing) several uncles in Vietnam. To all a thanks, and again from the native american belief we are born warriors ...Hy'shqe siam. Thank you.
    We could be related, LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogodawgs View Post
    Knew there was a reason we seem to have the same perspectives on Freedom.
    Its in our blood, I too come from a long line of independant/freedom loving folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orphan View Post
    Phillip Hupp Matross USMC 1775-1779
    That's awesome! He was there in the beginning!
    Was he recruited at Tun Tavern?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leatherneck View Post
    That's awesome! He was there in the beginning!
    Was he recruited at Tun Tavern?
    Dont know where he enlisted but he served with Captain Robert George's Company of Artillery in the service of the Commonwealth of Virginia & Illinois. He also fought Indians with George Rodgers Clark. In todays terms he would be known as a bad a$$. Its sort of ironic that my great great................................ grandfather was an artillary man in the beginning and my son does fire direction control in the USMC now. There are lots of Marines in my family tree, its in our blood.
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