Poem – A Veteran’s Christmas Wish

I came across this poem on SgtGrit’s website while Christmas shopping for my Marine:

A Veteran’s Christmas Wish
By Robert A. Hall

Each year when Christmas comes around again,
I pause on Christmas Eve to take a dram
Of whisky, and I think of absent friends,
And Christmas in a place called Vietnam.

I think of boys who never had the chance
To see their kids on Christmas Eve at play,
Their lives were spent that freedom might advance,
From Valley Forge right up through yesterday.

They fell at Belleau Wood and Normandy,
At Gettysburg, at Iwo and at Hue,
They gave their lives to keep our people free,
And never saw another Christmas Day.

So take a moment from your festive joys,
To think of soldiers who were young and true,
And say a prayer on Christmas Eve for boys
Who gave up all their Christmases for you.

Twitter Tuesday: @WomenMarines

Drumroll please…it’s Twitter Tuesday!

Today’s Twitter Tuesday user: @WomenMarines

@WomenMarines is the Twitter account for the non-profit organization, The Women Marines Association, which is the only veterans association for and about women who have served as Marines, according to their Twitter bio. Their official website is interactive with videos, and a community. This organization is different from other veterans organizations because they are solely for women, and female service to this country is often ignored or overlooked.

@WomenMarines and every other Twitter Tuesday user I showcase can easily be found on the Twitterers I Follow page of my blog.

Add this user to your Twitter followers, and like always, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @heatherbray. I’d love to hear from you. Happy Twittering!

Brothers – In Theaters Friday, December 4, 2009

Few movies have caught my eye recently, but “Brothers,” starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal, won my attention. This movie features Jake Gyllenhaal on the civilian side of a military family, opposite his role in “Jarhead.” According to LionsGate’s YouTube page the movie:

tells the compelling tale of how two brothers come to terms with issues of love, loyalty, and manhood—and with the woman caught between them.

Here is the most recent trailer for the movie:

I plan to see the movie after it’s released and will share my thoughts.

Twitter Tuesday: @MarineCorpsNews

Drumroll please…it’s Twitter Tuesday!

Today’s Twitter Tuesday user: @MarineCorpsNews

@MarineCorpsNews is the Twitter account for Marine Corps News, and they Tweet about Marine Corps news 24/7. If something is happening in the news involving Marines, it’s Tweeted about by @MarineCorpsNews.

@MarineCorpsNews and every other Twitter Tuesday user I showcase can easily be found on the Twitterers I Follow page of my blog.

Add this user to your Twitter followers, and like always, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @heatherbray. I’d love to hear from you. Happy Twittering!

Thanksgiving 2009 reflection – What are you thankful for?

It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving. Time to crowd around a table and eat turkey until your pants scream for you to stop.

This time last year, I was packing for a road trip from Baltimore, MD to Camp Lejeune, NC to visit my Marine. He was unable to drive home to Baltimore for Thanksgiving because his truck had been involved in a accident week prior and was awaiting repair.

This will be my Marine’s first Thanksgiving home with family in five years because he was either on deployment or on base at Lejeune, so this Thanksgiving is special to me because it is the first of many I’ll be spending with my extended family and my Marine.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for:

  • My brother and my father for sticking beside me through my entire life
  • My Marine’s parents for raising the man I love
  • My friends for being the best friends I know
  • My freedom to maintain and write on this blog without government censorship
  • Every member of the Armed Forces because it’s those men and women who assure we will maintain our freedoms in this country

What are you thankful for?

Twitter Tuesday: @PetsForPatriots

Drumroll please…it’s Twitter Tuesday!

Today’s Twitter Tuesday user: @PetsForPatriots

@PetsForPatriots is the Twitter account for Pets for Patriots, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps military members adopt adult pets. According to their Twitter bio, “We help military members honorably adopt adult shelter pets, giving both pet + person the gifts of fidelity, joy + companionship.” They Tweet about their organization, stories about pets, and link themselves to the organization’s official website and Facebook page.

@PetsForPatriots and every other Twitter Tuesday user I showcase can easily be found on the Twitterers I Follow page of my blog.

Add this user to your Twitter followers, and like always, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @heatherbray. I’d love to hear from you. Happy Twittering!

Food For Thought: Vampires’ Importance Over Foot Hood

Cue music…it’s Food for Thought Friday!

The top searches on Yahoo.com are are followed:

1. New Moon
2. Oprah
3. Tim Lincecum
4. Oasis of the Seas
5. Susan Boyle
6. Kate Moss
7. Nicolas Cage
8. Fort Hood
9. Project Runway
10. Oklahoma State Football

How did this country reach a point where a vampire movie and celebrities are more important to people than the military?

Just some food for thought.

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