Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas, Nate ... Semper Fi

Remember our troops at Christmas

In Honor of Lance Cpl.
Nate Salatin, USMC
and all Military Personnel from
Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro
Currently Serving In
Iraq, Worldwide & on the Homefront
Our American Heroes
Thank You For Your Service

Merry Christmas!
Lance Corporal Nate Salatin, age 21
United States Marine Corps
From Augusta County, Virginia
Currently serving in Iraq

My dad, who passed away in 1975, was a Navy veteran from World War II. When I was growing up he was a Sunday School teacher for the 12-year-old boys' class in our Baptist church.

Dad's favorite Christmas hymn was "I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day" ... the words had touched him because of his service during war. I've missed him terribly the past 31 years and think of him every Christmas when I hear this song.

This Christmas Nate is away at war. I'm thinking of him as I remember my dad and all the other military men and women who are currently deployed or who have served to protect our freedoms and to keep us safe.

This is for Dad ... and for Nate.

I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Till ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

Merry Christmas, Nate.
We miss you. We love you. Be safe.
Thank you for keeping us safe. God bless.

Semper Fi.

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."
~ Luke 2: 8-11


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours, SWACGirl! May God bless our Troops stateside and overseas.

Lynn R. Mitchell said...

Thanks, Flora. Merry Christmas to you and your family, too ... and thank your son again for his Marine service for our country. Semper Fi!