The spirit of Christmas takes flight
Neath the star of Bethlehem’s light
Filling hearts and minds with delight,
Joyfully we await Christmas Eve night.
Tis the season of good will and mirth,
Joy and love will encircle the Earth,
As we feel the Christmas spirit perform
Remember the beloved brave in uniform.
They’re in the mountains of Afghanistan
And on the high seas of China and Japan,
From the bloodied desert sands of Iraq
They’ve served well thru hell and back.
In steaming jungles and burning sands
They stand up gallant for foreign lands
But this Christmas, many will be alone
Over this big blue marble we call home.
Whether in a crowd or at a lone outpost
They will recall past Christmas ghosts,
Calling back memories around the tree
Of mother and father and loving family.
No matter the distant shores they roam,
Hearts will yearn for family and home
And when Christmas bells began to chime
For many brave warriors it’ll be crying time.
When we are seated for a dinner grand
Let us in reverence clasp grateful hands,
Let us pray beneath the Bethlehem star
For our military, no matter where they are.
When we gather around the Christmas tree
And chorus carols our hearts full of glee,
Remember our lonely soldiers so far away
Who long for family and home this holiday.
Let us send a message borne by the wind
To proud warriors who protect and defend,
We salute you brave soldiers of the world
Wherever your flags are raised unfurled.
We Americans of the red, white and blue
Stand shoulder to shoulder beside you,
We love and respect you for duties done,
Merry Christmas to each and everyone.
©Written by: Kenneth J. Ellison 10-10-06
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