This video courtesy of W.B. Ward who wrote:
I have seen the text version of this floating around the Internet, and it was so beautifully written I could not help but produce the narrative. It is my wish that this touches you in ways that would cause you to share this message. Merry Christmas.
I have since learned from the original poster that this poem is called “A Soldiers Christmas” written by Michael Marks. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten. We look forward to the day you come home. God bless and keep you always, and God Bless America.
A Note from Michael Marks:
In loving appreciation of the countless Americans who have, and continue to serve in the Armed Forces and those who gave their life for their country. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten. We look forward to the day you come home. God bless and keep you always, and God Bless America.
A Soldier’s Christmas was the first in this series of patriotic writings, drafted on Pearl Harbor Day 2000 when in the wake of the 2000 Presidential Election our nation saw the right of US Armed Forces personnel openly questioned and debated. I felt it unconscionable that at the onset of the Christmas season, those serving to defend our nation would hear anything but our love and support. It is our challenge to stand for their rights at home while they stand for our lives and safety overseas. This poem went out and quickly spread around the world in emails, letters, and magazines. I received letters from Marines in Bosnia, soldiers in Okinawa, from a submariner who xeroxed a copy for everyone on his sub. Moms wrote, dads, brothers and sisters. I have saved and cherish every letter and set out to continue writing throughout the year.