SGT. SHAFT: Ode to a lonely warrior on Christmas Eve

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

“I couldn’t help wonder 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 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 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.”

Shaft notes

Kudos to Pitney Bowes and the American Red Cross for once again commemorating American soldiers and veterans.

For the third consecutive year, they have launched the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. In 2008, the campaign received more than a million cards for military men and women.

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