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.
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!
Today is the United States Marine Corps’ 234th birthday!
On the official website for the 2009 Birthday Ball statements from the Commander of the USMC, and General Lejeune (whom Camp Lejeune in North Carolina is named for,) along with this birthday video:
The United States Marine Corps Band is offering traditional birthday ball music for download on their website.
If you see any Marines or know anyone who served in the Corps…tell them Happy Birthday. It’s a important day.