February 2024
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A Soldier Is A Gift

In honor of our troops everywhere this holiday season.

As we celebrate Christmas, and we open our gifts,
we realize what priceless gifts a soldier gives to our country—
the gifts of patriotism, service, and deep dedication to our nation.

As we feast on a variety of fine Christmas delicacies,
we acknowledge that a soldier personifies a variety of fine qualities:
courage, good character, honor, fortitude amidst hardship,
persistence in subduing evil, and bravery in the face of danger.

A soldier is a cut above the rest of us,
doing jobs we could not or would not do.
While we are surrounded by Christmas comforts,
we remember soldiers in places we would not want to be,
bringing the gift of adaptability to any situation,
no matter how harsh or difficult.

As we “ooh” and “aah” over the Christmas lights and shiny ornaments
we recognize that a soldier gives us the most cherished gift of all,
the shining light of freedom.

At Christmas, let us wrap our hearts and minds
around our treasured soldiers.
May they understand how very much their service means to us.
Let us send the Christmas gifts of love, respect and admiration
to our steadfast, loyal, magnificent warriors
and their essential civilian support staff.

They themselves are the most precious Christmas gift of all,
our protectors—our soldiers.


3 comments to A Soldier Is A Gift

  • RandySeely

    Thanks for the sentiment, Bob. As parents, we’re proud of what our young’uns do…whatever choices they make. I spent 20+ years in the USAF…my dad was Army for 29 yrs…all 3 of my bros spent time in the military. I have 3 sons…one was active duty Marines, and is now in USMC Reserves- his brothers opted not to join, but I’m good with that, too, because this country is about ‘choices.’ I’m proud of anybody who picks up the torch and puts themselves in harms way for our country. I’m just as proud of those who enjoy…and appreciate…the freedoms we share as Americans, thanks to our ‘soldiers.’ In this holiday season, as Americans open gifts, let’s all remember the gift from those who serve. God bless, Merry Christmas…

  • Burt

    Well said, friend.

    My Granddad did his thing in WWII, landing in North Africa, then landing in Sicily, then landing at Salerno in Italy, coming home from the landing at Anzio with shell fragments in his neck and ankles, medically retired as a Colonel. Dad did his thing in Viet Nam, thankfully without injury, also retiring as a Colonel. I did my thing later in Viet Nam, also without injury, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Both of my brothers served in the Army, ‘baby’ brother Steve as a doctor for several years, and brother Don retired a brigadier general. And my wife served in the Air Force, also retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Then we go back to several times removed great uncles who died fighting at Port Hudson in the Civil War, or as my wife says…, the War of the Rebellion, and she had relatives fighting for the South. Her byline on her emails is “We’ve been fighting terrorism since 1861.”

    Well, anyway, thank you… A very nice ode to our folks in service.



  • Mary-Anne (Purvis) Sullivan

    What a lovely Christmas tribute to the men and women who go into harms way to protect us. My thanks to all those who serve and have served our nation. We also have a long military history in my family and my late husband retired from the Army, so to serve and protect is a touchstone for us. I am proud of my sons who are both active duty Army and my nephew who is in the Navy.

    My prayers and wishes go out especially to all those servicemen and women overseas.

    Merry Christmas and joyous holidays to all the Saigon Survivors.

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