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TODAY I WATCHED A YOUNG MAN WITH A STRAIGHT FOCUSED STANCE AND NINETEEN YEARS IN ONE PACKAGE PROUD AND STRONG BECOME MY HERO.
IT FINALLY CAME BACK TO ME FULL CIRCLE. THIS WAS THE ONE WHO ONCE WAS SLEEPING ON MY CHEST CAUSE HE WAS TIRED AND CRANKY , THE ONE WHO ONCE HAD TROUBLE PRONOUNCING MY NAME .WHO NEEDED ME TO STAND AT THE BUS STOP WITH HIM BECAUSE HE WAS AFRAID .WHO I SAT IN THE DIRT WITH AND PLAYED WITH UNTIL IT WAS TIME TO GO IN. THE ONE WHO I PUSHED OFF ON HIS FIRST BYCYCLE . THE ONE WHO BORROWED MY TOOLS AND I LATER FOUND THEM WITH THE SPINNING LAWNMOWER BLADES. THE LITTLE MAN I FISHED WITH AND LET HIM STEER THE BOAT ON THE WAY IN. WHO HID HIS REPORT CARDS THAT I HAD TO FIND. ------------THE ONE WHO GREW UP AND BECAME MY HERO TODAY.----------IT COMFORTS ME KNOWING THAT HE IS MY PROTECTOR AS I ONCE WAS HIS. AND HE WILL BE WATCHING OUT FOR ME NOW.


 

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This is very touching and very true. I pray that he will be watched over while spending his time serving our country. It takes someone very strong minded to join the service in these times.
 

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My Pretty white Viet Nam Era Swabbies hat is off to you both!

Gods speed to your young fellow as he learns what real men are made of and our prayers go out to him and all his commrads.

I will fight till my last breath for the freedoms we enjoy and shunn all who think that freedom is free!

It takes a very special fellow to offer up his life for this cause so please give him a very special hug from me and my wife. O0

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My hero too, and You tell him I said THANK YOU for doing what it is he does so I can be here in America and live a free life.



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This is just plain cool.. Congrats on the grad. This is so profound may I share it..
 

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This was sent to me from one of my Bros, in Iraq

A Different Christmas Poem



The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,

I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.

My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,

My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.



Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,

Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,

Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.


My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,

Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.

In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,

So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.



The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,

But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear

Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,

Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.



My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,

And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,

A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.



A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,

Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.

Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,

Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.



"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,

"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!

Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,

You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"



For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,

Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light

Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,



I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.

So that your family can sleep without fright.

It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,

That separates you from the darkest of times.



No one had to ask or beg or implore me,

I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"

Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers"



My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam',

And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,

But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.



Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,

The red, white, and blue... an American flag.

I can live through the cold and the being alone,

Away from my family, my house and my home.



I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,

I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.

I can carry the weight of killing another,

Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..



Who stand at the front against any and all,

To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,

Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."



"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,

"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?

It seems all too little for all that you've done,

For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,

"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.

To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,

To stand your own watch, no matter how long.

For when we come home, either standing or dead,

To know you remember we fought and we bled.

Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,

That we mattered to you as you mattered to us." :'(
 

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That was awesome Cloud9!

Hard to believe it was probably written by a very well trained Killer!

Also even harder to believe there are places like Berkley California that abuse the freedoms won and banish our military from "THEIR" properties.

Polititians who use the fight to remain free as a vehicle to get elected and fight against providing our protectors with the tools and training necessary to do our dirtiest of deeds.

In my almost 56 years I have ended many friendships with people who are so ignorant that they have no idea how it is that they enjoy the freedoms they have.

Isn't it strange how the path to freedom seems so inconsequential to those who were driven and dropped off where they are never having helped at all with the driving!

Gary
 

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THE CHRISTMAS POEM IS MOVING, THANKS FOR SHARING.

CODE BLUE , IF YOU WANT YOU CAN SHARE IT WITH WHOMEVER YOU WANT
 

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CASE580CK said:
THE CHRISTMAS POEM IS MOVING, THANKS FOR SHARING.

CODE BLUE , IF YOU WANT YOU CAN SHARE IT WITH WHOMEVER YOU WANT
Thanks we have a Veteran's section on our motorcycle web site and I thought they'd like it..
 
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