Any holidays are a great time to be with family. Unfortunately, many are not with their family but are away fighting the Nations battles. Their day will not really be too much different from yesterday or really from tomorrow. Sure, they might have some sort of Christmas decoration up that was sent to them and a few other hints of the holiday. However, the holiday spirit that you will be feeling will be lacking in their location. Fortunately, this year I have the opportunity to be with family and it’s a big difference. Spending multiple holidays especially multiple Christmas holidays away from family creates a void. I am grateful we have a country that allows us to celebrate what we want and how we want and I am grateful for those who protect that freedom….and yes its Christmas, not merry holiday mumbo jumbo...Its called Christmas.
Take note this holiday to remember what it is about and be grateful you are with your family members and remember those that are not, as they too should be remembered during this holiday time as they make it all possible.
Remember those that have paid the ultimate price to allow all to be free and voice what they like in our great country. You may be warm and with family during this holiday time. There are some that are miserable but with another part of their family and kicking ass this holiday season. Never forget those that have paid the price as their families will remember them for sure, so should we.
Christmas wreaths adorn the grave of Army Staff Sgt. James R. Patton at Arlington National Cemetery, Dec. 21, 2010. AFPS writer Donna Miles recently met Patton's mother, and paid a visit to his grave to lay a wreath at his grave; she shares her experience in a commentary. Patton was serving his seventh overseas deployment since 9/11 with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, when he died in a helicopter crash in Tikrit, Iraq, on April 18, 2010. DOD photo by Donna Miles
Here is another point of view other than the wonderful American press. This guy should be a writer for FOX.
From : A Recon Marine in Afghanistan
From the Sand Pit - It's freezing here. I'm sitting on hard, cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains, along the Dar 'yoi Pomir River, watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles.
A couple of months ago, when I told General Krulak, the former Commandant of the Marine Corps, now the chair of the Naval Academy Board of Visitors, that we were having General Mattis speak this evening, he said, “Let me tell you a Jim Mattis story.” General Krulak said, when he was Commandant of the Marine Corps, every year, starting about a week before Christmas, he and his wife would bake hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of Christmas cookies. They would package them in small bundles.
Friends and family members greet pilots from Strike Fighter Squadron 32 during a homecoming ceremony Dec. 18, 2010, at Naval Air Station Oceana. The squadron completed a seven-month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, providing close air support, armed overwatch, electronic warfare, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance over Afghanistan in support of operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Indra Bosko
Interesting article below but bottom line, Dont Ask, Dont Tell is history. Saturday morning it was voted to be repealed. Its interesting that a large percentage of our military was against changing it, and even the poll by "you" the readers equated to be against it.....so what majortiy was for changing it?
Your poll results from OMV readers HERE resulted after asking: