Not Everyone Makes It Home For Christmas….

Thank you to those who serve our nation and are unable to be home with family this Christmas. We appreciate you, we are thankful for you, and we send our prayers to you and your families who we recognize also sacrifice on our behalf.

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We also remember those who have given the fullest measure of devotion, and those families who cope with the void in all holiday’s to come.

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60 Responses to Not Everyone Makes It Home For Christmas….

  1. FofBW says:

    Thank you Brethren. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  2. Concerned Virginian says:

    I thank all service members, alive or passed on, for what they do and did to ensure our GOD-GIVEN FREEDOMS are defended.
    My late father was on this day in December, 1944, marching with General Patton’s army to relieve our men at Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge. 89,500 of our service members died, were wounded, were captured and/or went MIA in that campaign. God grant eternal rest to our service members who perished in that war, and to those who perished in all other wars in which they served.

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    • seabrznsun says:

      Merry Christmas Virginian.

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    • SZ says:

      My father also was in General Patton’s Army…He has now passed in 2008. I loved hearing his stories which were many.

      I am eternally grateful for all who have served and will now be recognized by our President Elect Donald Trump soon to be the President to all Patriots past and present.

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    • ChicagoMom says:

      My Father-in-law was captured at that battle; by 12/24 he was already in Germany at Stalag 4B. I thank your dad, and ALL servicemen/women who help keep us free. Merry Christmas!

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    • SSI01 says:

      How well I know about that, as my own father was doing the same thing, in the same army. I know he never experienced another Christmas after that without thoughts of his privations and his actions on that night crossing his mind, robbing him of at least a portion of whatever enjoyment he may have had of that holiday.

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  3. ahem says:

    Assurance of God’s Protection

    91 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,
    who abides in the shadow of the Almighty,
    2
    will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
    my God, in whom I trust.”
    3
    For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence;
    4
    he will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
    5
    You will not fear the terror of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
    6
    nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

    7
    A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand;
    but it will not come near you.
    8
    You will only look with your eyes
    and see the recompense of the wicked.

    9
    Because you have made the Lord your refuge,[a]
    the Most High your habitation,
    10
    no evil shall befall you,
    no scourge come near your tent.

    11
    For he will give his angels charge of you
    to guard you in all your ways.
    12
    On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you dash your foot against a stone.
    13
    You will tread on the lion and the adder,
    the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

    14
    Because he cleaves to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name.
    15
    When he calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will rescue him and honor him.
    16
    With long life I will satisfy him,
    and show him my salvation.

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  4. Sleep in heavenly peace brave soldiers. We are thankful for you and your families service to our blessed nation.

    “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Psalm 23

    “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

    A special thank you to sundance for keeping us aware. Merry Christmas sundance and all!

    God bless everyone; and Merry Christmas. 🎁

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  5. Pam says:

    This is so true. God bless our servicemen and women this Christmas season. This heartwarming story was on our local news last night.

    http://www.wect.com/story/34125214/soldier-surprise-homecoming-couple-ties-the-knot

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    • Jocaal3 says:

      Thank you, Pam, for posting this beautiful and inspiring message from Gov. Pence. This article by Sundance, and then the message from Gov. Pence, have caused me to reflect anew this afternoon on my own family, and my thankfulness and joy that my only son, a surviving twin, is home with us this Christmas. David served in Iraq and was gone for almost two years, during the height of the very uncertain time of that war. That was a very sad Christmas, but we’ve had many good ones since that time. Tomorrow he and his family will join us for a day of celebrating, and his two daughters from his first marriage will also be with us. The older one lives with us and attends the University of West Florida, so we have a daily reminder of him and we are very blessed. Thank you for all of your postings. Merry Christmas.

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  6. Sherlock says:

    Thank you Sundance. My son is out on a naval vessel far far away. 5th Christmas in a row we haven’t seen him, but we are certainly proud of him.

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    • LKA in LA says:

      Sherlock, please thank him for his service when you guys are united. Your post made me cry. There are people here who understand the gravity of your post. God bless you both. Thanks to folks like you, we still have heroe’s.

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      • Sherlock says:

        He’s a good kid, and very smart–made it through the Nuke program, which isn’t easy. We’ll see him next Christmas for sure, and in the meantime I will pass along your message. These kids of ours really do sacrifice a lot for us. Both of his dogs, the ones we had since he was about 13, died this year. Just things like that make you realize that they are really gone a long time. Thank you for the very kind post.

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        • frogstamper says:

          Father God, you know this son.
          I ask that Your Holy Spirit will visit this son. Give him peace and reassurance. Give him safety by and through Your Angels watching over him. Give him discernment, Lord, in the days to come.
          Help him to know and understand that he is loved by his Heavenly Father as well as his earthly parents. Let him know the gratitude of his countrymen.
          I pray it Jesus name.
          And all the people said, “Amen.”

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    • God bless you and your brave son, Sherlock.

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    • Jocaal3 says:

      Prayers and blessings for your family, Sherlock. Five years is a long time, and I pray for a joyous reunion very soon for all of your family. So thankful for your son and all military who keep us safe and our freedoms secure. My heart is especially reflective today for the regard that Mr. Trump has shown our military. May God bless you and your family.

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    • teaforall says:

      A grateful thank you, to your son and all our Vets who served to keep us safe as a free nation. We are truly Blessed to all that serve and gave the ultimate sacrifice
      Merry Christmas to you and your family
      God Bless
      Tea

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    • skipper1961 says:

      Sherlock,
      Thanks to your son, you, and your family. May God hold your son in the palm of His hand. Please tell him that skipper wishes him “Fair Winds, and Following Seas”. You SHOULD be very proud.
      Sherlock, .. We are wishing yours, and you the very Merriest Christmas,

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Sherlock, May God protect your son and all others serving. Have a blessed Christmas.

      Numbers 6:24-26

      24 “‘“The Lord bless you
      and keep you;
      25 the Lord make his face shine on you
      and be gracious to you;
      26 the Lord turn his face toward you
      and give you peace.”’

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  7. burnett044 says:

    sundance ,you never fail to honor us Vets and those serving now and those that gave all …for that I thank you…..wishing all a wonderful Christmas

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  8. Keln says:

    It doesn’t matter what remote location you are at on this planet, whether it’s hundreds of feet deep under the water or a hundred miles from civilization in a desert or a jungle, but you will still, on Christmas, get something that vaguely tastes like turkey, and other holiday foods. It is the one time during the year that those in charge of your food actually try hard, and those in charge of supplies go to crazy lengths to get something to you. I’ve seen some incredible things pulled off for Christmas when it comes to supplies.

    So here’s to all you mess cooks, Chops (supply officers), logistics specialists, transport pilots (taking certain lucky guys home for the holidays and bringing the goodies to the front lines), Seabees, and everyone else in and out of the military who at least try to make Christmas day something special for those who serve.

    It may not be the best dinner you have (sometimes it’s actually kinda gross), but when it comes to “it’s the thought that counts”, boy these guys go to real extremes to make it happen.

    You can rest assured that right now, there are thousands of men and women racing the clock to get something like a cup of good cheer to our guys and gals serving out there. Send a little prayer of thanks to them. Their job seems trivial, but it does mean so much for that one day of the year.

    Merry Christmas!

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  9. Lucille says:

    A Treeper posted this week a very sad vid of a soldier being buried in Florida and no one except for a few military and cemetery personnel plus a local chaplain was there. His coffin was flag-draped and NO ONE WAS THERE WHO KNEW HIM!

    I read all the time of young men and women who serve in war zones and they receive no mail, no gifts. Their mates are truly their family.

    I’ve also read that sometimes our men and women have to pay for their own food when fighting for their country! That they have to pay for anything such as razors, underclothes, deodorant is reprehensible. Maybe it’s always been this way and I never heard about it; if so, then that is so wrong. If the present bloody, damn president gets to have free food while at state dinners (I know he pays for family-consumed food, etc.) and free protection, then those men and women who are paying with their lives for him to live high, should at least have their needs taken care of. I pray President Trump changes this policy.

    Much of the military is glad to see the back of Obama. See this: “VIDEO : Gen. McInerney Says Military Has Gone Through Hell, Relieved Trump is Taking Over”
    By Eren Moreno – December 23, 2016
    http://truthfeed.com/video-gen-mcinerney-says-military-has-gone-through-hell-relieved-trump-is-taking-over/43070/

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    • Sherlock says:

      Yes, even in boot camp there are some who don’t get as much as a postcard. So, if you have a neighbor whose son or daughter goes in, try to get their address–they are still kids and love getting anything at all from home, believe me. It really helps them.

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    • Lucille – Maybe it’s always been this way… Actually, I just learned this Fall how incredibly hard the life of English soldiers was only 100 years ago. It would horrify you to know that today’s American soldiers live in the lap of luxury compared to those times.

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      • SSI01 says:

        The British Brigade of Guards served at practically every one of Britain’s major battles during WWI. They were enlarged in strength and became the Guards Division. In the trenches they got sloppy wet and muddy like everyone else, but when their unit rotated out of the trenches for rest and refit, they had full-dress inspections just as they did in barracks near Buckingham Palace in peacetime. Woe betide the Guardsman who had – literally – a speck of lint on his uniform, or who failed to have his leather gear polished to a high gleam. These guys even shined the SOLES of their boots!!! And this was in the field.

        The discipline was ferocious.

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    • Wiggy says:

      Lucille….if the military live in the barracks the rent is free. If they live off base they get an allowance to offset the cost. If they eat in the mess hall it is free. If they eat off base they get a food allowance. They are given their first issue of uniforms free. Then they get a monthly allowance to replace worn out uniforms. Depending on their job they can get other allowances (flight pay, combat pay, etc). How they spend that money is up to each individual. So please don’t say they “have” to pay for things when they are compensated for it. Granted, in combat, the luxuries may not be around for some time but that is a logistical problem that can’t be helped.

      By the way, how did you sleep last night?

      http://pinchem.net/veterans/sleep/index.htm

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  10. blaze says:

    I remember when German and American troops laid down their weapons on a front line somewhere in World War 2 and celebrated Christmas together….now fast forward today,,,no chance in hell would Muslims and American troops celebrate Christmas together!

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  11. Yippeekiyay says:

    Beautiful post, Sundance. I join you in giving my thanks to all who have served our country and to their families. I will never forget the sacrifices that they made.

    I have been supporting the Disabled American Veterans for many years and just sent a Christmas donation. I have a very good feeling that our new president will watch over them.

    Merry Christmas to everyone here. Thank you all for being a part of this wonderful group of patriots. God bless you.

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  12. Bob says:

    To my Brother Sack, he didn’t make it home. That was 64 Christmas’s ago, never forgotten but always loved and missed.

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  13. potid says:

    Merry Christmas Ryan, semperfi. He sent a video, singing I’ll be home for Christmas. And his was. In a box. We’ll remember you Ryan.

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  14. navysquid says:

    Thank you Sundance and all here who support our troops overseas and stationed here on shore. I missed 8 Christmases from my family and am so glad to be home with them now. God bless the troops still over there protecting our freedom and as Keln mentioned the Chow Hall cooks that go out of their way to make it as festive as possible for us.

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  15. teaforall says:

    My Dad served in WWII and is buried in a Veterans Cemetery. In honor of all our Vets I started a new tradition this year. I placed a American Flag at the top of my Christmas Tree to Honor all who have served

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  16. NJF says:

    God bless to all our veterans both hom and abroad. Thank you for all you do! ❤️

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  17. MaineCoon says:

    A Christmas blessing to all servicemen/women. May God protect you.

    Numbers 6:24-26

    24 “‘“The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
    25 the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
    26 the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.”’

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  18. georgiafl says:

    I am of the generation of widows from the Viet Nam war – some of my friends young husbands bodies were never found and they were either MIA or imprisoned or just lost to the stupid Viet Nam war. My husband was killed returning from his first cross country of pilot training when we had been married only 7 weeks. So I have a tri-fold flag, but I suppose my friends did not receive one.

    McCain has resisted investigations and searches for the missing and lost US military from Viet Nam war. I still wonder why.

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    • SSI01 says:

      GF – this isn’t the time to get into that, although I have been following McCain’s actions for a long time. Maybe after this seasons passes I can help enlighten you a little. I am very sorry indeed for your loss. When I was a young fellow, and was a member of a Navy junior ROTC program in the Detroit area, one of our instructors operated a small antique business and I earned a little money on the side helping him move stuff from peoples’ houses after he had surveyed what they had and bought what he thought he could sell. I remember going into one home one time and there over the mantle in the front room was a very well-done portrait of a young Army Air Forces pilot in his uniform with his wings over his left breast pocket. I asked who this man was and was told by one of the relatives present (it must have been an estate sale) that this man had been killed in a training accident at a stateside AAF air base during WWII. He never even made it into combat overseas but died in a training accident, every bit as lethal as anything that ever happened in combat. And so many perished in this manner.

      Keep this in mind and after Christmas passes I’ll be more than happy to enlighten you on his antics, because he deeply offended someone very similar to you in a televised hearing back in the early 90s. When he did that he forfeited any respect I had left for him. He is pond scum. Let’s let is go at that until after the holiday. Merry Christmas!!

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  20. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Thank you Sundance for this thread. We as a nation must always remember our men/women who are serving, have served, retired, or have have passed. During my career, I missed many Christmases, Holidays, family events. It was the life I had chosen, to serve my country. To all who have commented my personal thanks, for keeping these Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardmens in your thoughts and prayers, during the holidays and throughout the year.

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  21. SSI01 says:

    One of the best scenes in “Battleground,” made in 1949 and portraying the defense of Bastogne by the 101st Abn Div, is that of the Chaplain conducting Christmas morning service for those men in the pine forest, in the freezing cold air. If you’ve never seen it, you must. Not many chaplains like that any more.

    My son deployed to the Middle East a total of 8 times. Only once was he in a non-combat environment, and even there he had to be on alert for ambushes and attacks on his base. Every one of those times he and I had a chat about his becoming a prisoner of war. I told him I did not expect to be receiving news like that, that falling into the hands of our enemies alive would be a fate worse than death. I told him I would expect news like that to really mean he had been killed in combat. I’ve never mentioned that to any other family members. I’m not sure other people can actually understand what it does to a parent to have to tell their adult child something like that, but given the nature of our enemy in this struggle, there can be no thought of subjecting yourself to what they do to their captives. I am thankful he survived his mine and mortar incidents, God was merciful to us and as it turned out he never had to keep his word to me about what he may have had to do. Thank God he is now out of the military. His grandfather and father having to wear a uniform was enough, but he felt he had an obligation to do so as well.

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  22. Two military Christmas music videos made for the holiday. They only download, unzip and we play them with VLC. Mp4 (small) and Mp2 (large).

    Camouflage and Christmas Lights, from Duck the Halls – NCIS/NCIS-LA
    http://www.iment.com/maida/tv/songvids/xmassong.htm#camouflage

    One Toy Soldier, by Enya – JAG
    http://www.iment.com/maida/tv/songvids/xmassong.htm#toy

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  23. Have Gun Will Travel says:

    Merry Christmas to all!

    Liked by 1 person

  24. i'm just sayin'.. says:

    Thank you to all who serve and have served. God bless you.

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