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FReeper Canteen ~ The Night Before Christmas ~ 21 DEC 2010
Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! | The Canteen Crew

Posted on 12/20/2010 6:15:17 PM PST by laurenmarlowe

 

 
 

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THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
by Clement Clarke Moore

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Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

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10069613A~Visions-of-Sugarplums-Posters The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
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The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!

 
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To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

 

 

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As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
 
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A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

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His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

 

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

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He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

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Please visit our Troops this Holiday Season!

United States Army

United States Coast Guard

United States Marines

United States Navy

United States Air Force

Write A Letter To Our Troops

 

 

 



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1 posted on 12/20/2010 6:15:20 PM PST by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe
Good morning Troops, Veterans and Canteeners.

* * * * * * * * * * * *

Our Flag Flying Proudly One Nation Under God

* * * * * * * * * * * *

Lord, Please Bless Our Troops, They're fighting for our Freedom.

* * * * * * * * * * * *

God Bless Our Republic

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic, for which it stands;
one nation UNDER GOD,
indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

Prayers going up


2 posted on 12/20/2010 6:15:46 PM PST by HopeandGlory (Hey, Liberals . . . PC died on 9/11 . . . GET USED TO IT!!!)
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To: laurenmarlowe

Aloha lAUREN!


3 posted on 12/20/2010 6:15:56 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: laurenmarlowe

Hi Lauren!


4 posted on 12/20/2010 6:16:14 PM PST by PROCON (Jesus is the Reason for the Season!)
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To: laurenmarlowe

IN!


5 posted on 12/20/2010 6:16:30 PM PST by 2111USMC
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To: All

6 posted on 12/20/2010 6:16:30 PM PST by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe
Evenin' lauren! *hugs*

Nice to see you!

Merry Christmas!

7 posted on 12/20/2010 6:17:03 PM PST by oldteen
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To: HopeandGlory
Howdy Hope, and Happy Holidays!

FIRST!!

8 posted on 12/20/2010 6:19:05 PM PST by laurenmarlowe
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To: BIGLOOK
Aloha BIGLOOK, and Happy Holidays!

SECOND!!

9 posted on 12/20/2010 6:20:11 PM PST by laurenmarlowe
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To: PROCON
Good evening to you PROCON, and Happy Holidays!

THIRD!!

10 posted on 12/20/2010 6:21:12 PM PST by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; ...

The Night Before Christmas



FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT
Showing support and boosting the morale of
our military and our allies’ military
and the family members of the above.
Honoring those who have served before.

CLICK HERE TO FIND LATEST THREAD



CLICK FOR Current local times around the world

CLICK FOR local times in Seoul, Baghdad, Kabul,
New York, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Anchorage


To every service man or woman reading this thread.
Thank You for your service to our country.
No matter where you are stationed,
No matter what your job description
Know that we are are proud of each and everyone of you.

To our military readers, we remain steadfast
in keeping the Canteen doors open.

The FR Canteen is Free Republic's longest running daily thread
specifically designed to provide entertainment and moral support for the military.

The doors have been open since Oct 7 2001,
the day of the start of the war in Afghanistan.

We are indebted to you for your sacrifices for our Freedom.



NOTE: CANTEEN MUSIC
Posted daily and on the Music Thread
for the enjoyment of our troops and visitors.


11 posted on 12/20/2010 6:22:04 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: 2111USMC
Howdy to you 2111USMC, it's great to see you!


12 posted on 12/20/2010 6:23:40 PM PST by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe

On the night before Christmas I rode through the town

A glance at the sky showed a star shining down

How brightly it glittered! Its message so clear

Reassuring to mankind that the Christ Child was near

But the night was not peaceful for the world was at war.

The terrorists were threatening to attack us once more

My heart filled with dread of what the holiday would bring

Instead of carols and rejoicing the death bell could ring.

Then crossed my path, when my spirits were so low.

The shadow of a of a man, dressed in red, don’t you know.

At first I was startled! Could it be Santa Claus?

But a closer inspection gave that notion a pause

For what I had seen was a fine blazer of red

Worn by a Marine Corps League member with a cap on his head

My heart lost its sadness for this sign I knew

Was that our Father in heaven would protect me and you.

For there always has been and there always will be

The Lords’ special warriors, the USMC!

He will use them to fight in this great holy war

And the Marines will prevail to bring peace once more.

The Marine Corps League blazer is a sign to us all

That God and the Marines will not let freedom fall

So take heart this Christmas when you see blazers of red

While visions of victory dance in your head.

Merry Christmas Marines Everywhere!


13 posted on 12/20/2010 6:23:43 PM PST by ruesrose (It's possible to be clueless without being blonde.)
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To: laurenmarlowe






Supporting our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen
at more than 1,000 places across the U. S. and around the world.

~Tribute to Our Troops~


14 posted on 12/20/2010 6:24:36 PM PST by AZamericonnie (No trees were destroyed in posting this message, but many electrons were terribly inconvenienced!)
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To: HopeandGlory
Good evening, Hope! *hugs*

Thank you for our pledge!

15 posted on 12/20/2010 6:24:44 PM PST by oldteen
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To: laurenmarlowe

He’s making a list and checking it twice,
Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.


16 posted on 12/20/2010 6:25:05 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: oldteen
Good evening oldteen, great to see you too, and Merry Christmas!


17 posted on 12/20/2010 6:26:21 PM PST by laurenmarlowe
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To: BIGLOOK
Aloha BIG! *hugs*

Did the storm arrive?

18 posted on 12/20/2010 6:26:21 PM PST by oldteen
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To: PROCON
Hiya FRiend! *hugs*

How ya feelin'?

19 posted on 12/20/2010 6:28:45 PM PST by oldteen
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To: ruesrose
Very nice ruesrose, thank you!


20 posted on 12/20/2010 6:30:19 PM PST by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe

I know this gets posted every year, but I figured I’d do it once more....

‘Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.

I had come down the chimney with presents to give,
and to see just who in this little house lived.

As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.

No Stockings by mantle, just boots filled with sand,
On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.

With medals and badges, awards of all kinds,
A sobering thought came through my mind.

For this house was different, it was dark and dreary,
The home of a soldier, I could now see clearly.

The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone,
Curled up on the floor in this one bedroom home.

The face was so gentle, the room in such disorder,
Not how I picture a United States Soldier.

Was this the hero of whom I’d just read?
Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?

I realized the families that I saw this night,
owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight.

Soon round the world, the children would play,
and grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas day.

They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year,
because of the soldiers, like the one lying here.

I couldn’t help wondering how many lay alone,
on a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home.

The very thought brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to one knee and started to cry.

The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice,
“Santa don’t cry, for 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,
as we both shivered from the cold night’s chill.

I didn’t want to leave, on that cold, dark night,
this guardian of honor, 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.

~ Author Unknown *~


21 posted on 12/20/2010 6:30:44 PM PST by hoagy62 (.)
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To: oldteen
Hi Teenie!

Feeling better, still healing though; I'm glad I have some time off.

I hope your Christmas week is going fine!

22 posted on 12/20/2010 6:31:43 PM PST by PROCON (Jesus is the Reason for the Season!)
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To: AZamericonnie
Good evening to you Connie, and Merry Christmas!


23 posted on 12/20/2010 6:32:12 PM PST by laurenmarlowe
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To: SandRat
Indeed he is Sand! Seasons Blessing to you!


24 posted on 12/20/2010 6:34:44 PM PST by laurenmarlowe
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To: 2111USMC
Evenin' Marine! *hugs*

How's life treating you?

25 posted on 12/20/2010 6:34:44 PM PST by oldteen
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To: txradioguy; tongue-tied; SoldierDad; mike1sg; Milo828; mystery-ak; CMS; The Sailor; Jet Jaguar; ...
Honoring Our Heroes

2LT Rebecca USA (Daughter of U S Army EOD)
3 sons (armymarinemom and amdad)
AbnSarge USA
Adam USAF (Grumpybutt)
Allegra
Anoreth USCG (daughter of Tax-chick)
aviator USAF
BIGLOOK USN
Brett USN (CindyDawg)
Brother and Son-in-Law (kalee)
Cannoneer No. 4
CAPT Bryan USA (Diver Dave)
CAPT Future Snake Eater USA (RightOnline)
CAPT Jason Clendenin (friend of Frou)
Chris USA (amom)
Chuck USA (RightOnline)
COL Mike (gpapa)
CMS USA
ConorMacNessa USN USMC
David USAF (LUV W)
Defender2
Deven USA (Shimmer)
Ethan USMC (georgiabelle)
forgotenknight13 USA (grandson of Monkey Face)
Fred (DocRock)
GulfWar1Vet USA
HiJinx USA
IS2 Brianne USN (My Hearts in London - Everett)
IS2 Heather USN (My Hearts in London - Everett)
Jade Falcon USN
James USA (Grumpybutt)
JemiansTerror USA (Jemian)
Jet Jaguar USAF
Joel (NEMDF)
Jonathan USMC (AZbushgal)
Josh USN (doug from upland)
Karen USA (fatima's granddaughter)
Kenneth (Sweetbaby/LadyPilgrim)
Kevin USMC (skimask)
Kevin and David USA (vigilante2)
Laurita USA
LCpl Carter USMC
LCpl Joe USMC (Don’tMessWithTexas)
Lindsay (Sweetbaby/LadyPilgrim)
LT David (Coldwater Creek)
M1911A1 USMC (M0sby)
M1Tanker
Major Jennifer USA (Diver Dave)
Major joma89 USAF
MEG33's Navy Grandson
Michael USAR (RightOnline)
Mike1Sg USA (mystery-ak)
Milo828 USA (mystery-ak)
MSgt Eddie USAF ( Son of ThomasPaine2000, CMSgt USAF, Ret)
MSGT Glen Ignasiak USAF (nephew of AirForceMom)
Nate USN (sneakers)
Old Sarge USA
OneLoyalAmerican USCG
PFC Alan USA (brother-in-law Stonewall Jackson)
PFC Jake USMC (son of Enough_Deceit)
Philetus USA
PROCON USA
Pvt Alex USA (son of Enough_Deceit)
Rick USAF (Doogle)
Robert, Jeremy, Daynnis USA (SoldierDad)
SandRat USA
Sat-Com Chris USA (son of KC Burke)
SGT Ev USA (Mozie)
SGT Gray USA (colorcountry’s son)
SGT Robert USMC (MarineMom613)
SGT Sean Reed (preed)
Son USCG (GodBlessUSA)
SPC Mike USA (AbnSarge)
SPC William Akin USA (Step-son of BlueLancer)
SPC4 Dan USA (son of swmobuffalo)
SrA The Black Knight USAF
SSG Brian USA (repubmom)
SSG Dustin USA (SIL of U S Army EOD)
SSG Dusty USA (MountainDad)
SSG Mitchel USA (tina07)
SSG Spencer USA (grame)
SSGT Adam USA (Diver Dave)
SSGT Don May Jr USMC (debm29palms)
SSGT John Linde USA (JFoxbear)
Stevan USA (Grumpybutt)
Terrence USN (Sweetbaby/LadyPilgrim)
The Sailor
TMSuchman USMC
tongue-tied USN/USA
Tonkin USN/USCG
TSGT Jason M Kibler USAF (son of AirForceMom)
SFC txradioguy USA
USAFSecurityForces (son of visualops & TheStickman)
Valerie USAF (Shimmer)
Victor and Tony D USMC (weldgophardline)
William USA (jackv)
WOs Bob and Michelle USA (nephew, and his wife, of BnBlFlag)

 



26 posted on 12/20/2010 6:35:17 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Good evening, Kathy! *hugs*

Busy, busy, busy day?

27 posted on 12/20/2010 6:37:05 PM PST by oldteen
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To: hoagy62
Good evening hoagy62, thank you so much for posting. Seasons Blessings to you.


28 posted on 12/20/2010 6:37:11 PM PST by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe

Thank you.

I’m still feeling down and stressed out.


29 posted on 12/20/2010 6:38:14 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: AZamericonnie
Evenin' Connie! *hugs*

How's the weather down there?

30 posted on 12/20/2010 6:38:18 PM PST by oldteen
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Hi MA! *HUGS*


31 posted on 12/20/2010 6:39:28 PM PST by laurenmarlowe
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To: SandRat
Evenin' Sandy! *hugs*

Another busy day for ya?

32 posted on 12/20/2010 6:39:45 PM PST by oldteen
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To: SandRat

Then an EXTRA big *HUGS* for you Sand.

You are in my prayers.


33 posted on 12/20/2010 6:40:36 PM PST by laurenmarlowe
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To: PROCON
Healing does take time!

Several more days should show great improvement.

Just take it easy...and rest! :)

34 posted on 12/20/2010 6:43:29 PM PST by oldteen
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To: laurenmarlowe

Thank you, Lauren.

35 posted on 12/20/2010 6:44:14 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: laurenmarlowe
Thanks, lauren, for today's The Night Before Christmas.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care..


36 posted on 12/20/2010 6:44:57 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: PROCON

I meant to ask...is the family coming home for Christmas?


37 posted on 12/20/2010 6:45:30 PM PST by oldteen
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To: laurenmarlowe

*HUGS* back atcha!!


38 posted on 12/20/2010 6:47:26 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: PROCON

Hope you’re feeling better, and heal quickly PROCON!

*HUGS*


39 posted on 12/20/2010 6:48:26 PM PST by laurenmarlowe
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To: oldteen

*hugs* teen.

and I’m feeling stressed out and very much down. Almost like I have the weight of the world on my back. Seems like nothing I do is exactly the way it should be in the way that someone else think it should be or in the importance that they think it should be in.


40 posted on 12/20/2010 6:49:20 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: MEG33
Happy Holidays to you MEG!


41 posted on 12/20/2010 6:51:42 PM PST by laurenmarlowe
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To: laurenmarlowe

Thank you.

I want to scream, but I can’t cause it’s not allowed.

I have to be the tower of strength and calm hand on the tiller.


42 posted on 12/20/2010 6:52:20 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: laurenmarlowe

Good evening ((((Lauren))))

What an adorable thread...you worked so hard!

I hope you will get to slow down a bit now that the holidays
are near! Are you going to get to make a trip to the East to
see the kids?


43 posted on 12/20/2010 6:53:00 PM PST by LUV W (Deck the harrs with bowrs of horry. Fah, rah, rah, rah, rahhhhh....rah, rah, rah, rahhhhhhh! :))
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To: All

Hello Veterans, wherever you are!!


44 posted on 12/20/2010 6:53:58 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: laurenmarlowe

45 posted on 12/20/2010 6:54:07 PM PST by MestaMachine (islam - Hostis hvmani generis - Enemy of the human race)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Beautiful MA, thank you!

God Bless All Our Troops and Veterans

46 posted on 12/20/2010 6:54:16 PM PST by laurenmarlowe
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To: HopeandGlory

Merry Christmas, Hope. You are so loyal to be here every night!


47 posted on 12/20/2010 6:54:16 PM PST by LUV W (Deck the harrs with bowrs of horry. Fah, rah, rah, rah, rahhhhh....rah, rah, rah, rahhhhhhh! :))
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To: All

From Xerox ~ Let's Say Thanks to our Troops

Simple. Easy. Involve your kids.
We can each send thanks every single day.


48 posted on 12/20/2010 6:55:37 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: hoagy62

What a sweet story! Thanks for sharing!


49 posted on 12/20/2010 6:56:08 PM PST by LUV W (Deck the harrs with bowrs of horry. Fah, rah, rah, rah, rahhhhh....rah, rah, rah, rahhhhhhh! :))
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To: LUV W

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50 posted on 12/20/2010 6:56:38 PM PST by LUV W (Deck the harrs with bowrs of horry. Fah, rah, rah, rah, rahhhhh....rah, rah, rah, rahhhhhhh! :))
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