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    I felt compelled to write. My son has just joined the army, he is 16, still a baby. I had this poem e-mailed to me, This poem was written by a peace keeping soldier stationed overseas. The following is his request:

    Please would you do me the kind favour of sending this to as many people as you can. Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our British service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities.



    T'was the night before Christmas, he lived all alone
    in a one-bedroomed house made of plaster and stone
    I had come down the chimney with presents to give
    and to see just who in this home did live

    I looked all about a strange sight I did see
    no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree
    no stocking by the mantle, just boots filled with sand
    on the wall hung pictures of far distant lands
    with medals and badges, awards of all kinds
    a sober thought came through my mind

    for this house was different, it was dark and dreary
    I'd found the home of a soldier, once I could see clearly
    the soldier lay sleeping silent alone
    curled up on the floor in this one-bedroomed home

    his face was so gentle, the room in such disorder
    not how I pictured a lone British soldier.
    Was this the hero of whom I'd just read
    curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?

    I realised the families that I'd seen this night
    owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight
    soon around the world the children would play
    and grown-ups would celebrate a bright Christmas day

    They all enjoy freedom each month of the year
    because of the soldiers, like the one lying here
    I couldn't help wonder how many more were alone
    on a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home

    The very thought brought a tear to my eye
    I dropped to my knees and started to cry
    the soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice
    'Santa, don't cry. This life is my choice
    I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more
    my life is my God, my country, my corps.'

    The soldier rolled over and drifted to sleep
    I couldn't control it, I continued to weep
    I kept watch for hours so silent and still
    and we both sat and shivered from the cold nights chill
    I didn't want to leave on that cold dark night
    this guardian of honour so willing to fight

    Then the soldier rolled over with a voice soft and pure
    whispered 'carry on Santa. It's Christmas day, all is secure'
    One look at my watch and I knew he was right
    'Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night'



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    Tropica, you're absolutely right...we owe these soldiers, past and present, an awful lot and it breaks my heart when I hear of them living on the streets, forgotten.
    When my son was a young teenager and old enough to appreciate it, I encouraged him to watch 'Schindler's List' with me. At the end he was in floods of tears and said he just didn't realise what had gone on. We really mustn't forget what happened, or those who fought.
    All the best for you and your son...I think I can appreciate how you're probably feeling.
    Thankyou for that.
    "...If we lose our spiritual bond with the land they'll be nothing left of us as a nation..." Phil Rickman.

    I can't read and I can't write, but that don't really matter,
    I come from the west country and I can drive a tractor.


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    Very moving pictures, without doubt one of the darkest chapters in humanity. My wife travelled around Europe a few years back and she visited some WW2 sites, she said the atmosphere around them was very cold and unpleasant. It's almost impossible to imagine the horrors of places like this, thank you for sharing these photo's with us.
    "I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff."

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