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Far from hearth and home, watching
Cold alone but not alone
On distant shore and only wanting
Safe return and little more
What tales we'll tell
When that time comes
When tales can be told
When things grim
Seem far away
When other fires go cold
Some distant sunset, vision fading
And tired eyes gaze 'pon folded flags
While distant drums beat their refrain
Saluting fallen friends whose names
And youth will never fade
Here's to those on other shores,
for them live well, the price is paid
-- Iraq, December 2004
Deployed far from home and hearth this Holiday season, awaiting a bit of cheer via comments:
And those who wait:
Visit here; spread Christmas cheer
and if you can, throughout the year
(missed any? Leave a comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Merry Christmas, Greyhawk. Be safe, sir.Posted by Bill Faith at December 24, 2004 03:37 PM
Check out the last link, for Sarah at Trying to Grok. It's pointing to Tweak's World instead...
Thanks for this great list!!!
Merry Christmas to You, Greyhawk and Mrs. Greyhawk. Thanks for your service - may the Angels be with you both!
My Dad was a WWII Vet, my oldest brother a Marine (joined as enlisted then retired as a Major) my middle brother, was Navy, my youngest brother, AirForce, my cousin (like sister to me) married Career Navy. I married a Marine (forced to join or go to jail, but the Marines did their best, he just wasn't redeemable) and my daughter's Dad was a Marine (met him right after he got back from Viet Naum he was not ready to settle down). I said all that to let you know I am very very grateful for you and you fellow service men. I have some idea of all that you do.
I have been guilty of coming by and reading your blog almost daily, but I have only posted once or twice. I don't know how to tell you how much you have enriched my life and made me stop and think. I can't put into words the profound respect and love I feel for you and your Wonderful Wife and Family. I have your name on a list and I pray for you often. Merry Christmas please come home safely.Posted by Linda from Whittier, CA at December 24, 2004 05:15 PM
Merry Christmas to you and your family. I read your blog every day and have especially enjoyed your photos from Germany (we were in Mannheim). I hope you all will soon be together again. Stay safe.Posted by Moultrie Creek at December 24, 2004 06:40 PM
Christmas eve eight years ago was very sad. This Christmas eve is sad because so many of you are not home with your families. Surely you will be home next Christmas eve.Maybe you can have Christmas when you do get home.Hopefully in the near future.Posted by Old Woman in the shoe at December 24, 2004 06:51 PM
Merry Christmas Hawk.
My prayers go out to you, your brothers and sisters in arms, and all the familys/loved ones.
Being away from all those you love during the holidays is never easy, as you know all too well. But the memories of other holidays, holidays together....the laughter, surprise, the joy.....those are to be treasured.
God Bless you all during this holiday (and always!)Posted by Tammi at December 24, 2004 07:16 PM
We always remember Greyhawk's brother on this day. It is doubly sad today. We have a special ornament in remeberance to him, a Chevy Nomad, like the one he use to cruise in.
We love you all, and we will be spending many Christmas eves with you in the future. XXXXOOOO
Merry Christmas from a retired Coastie to you, Greyhawk & Mrs. Greyhawk. May God grant you success in your deployment, a swift return home, and safety throughout.Posted by Puddle Pirate at December 24, 2004 07:38 PM
Merry Christmas to the Greyhawk family! God bless you. Thanks for the list. I just spent about an hour posting to them. A perfect way to spend some of my Christmas Eve. I wish I could do MORE!
Our school just sent a ton of phone cards and goodie boxes to our troops and I have a couple I know personally I send to. But I never feel like I do enough for all our warriors. I pray with my kids every night for yall.
God bless you Greyhawk and keep you safe.
God bless you Greyhawk family for staying strong.
Greyhawk- thanks for doing this, and thank you to everyone who has left comments. Merry CHristmas to you.Posted by Steve at December 24, 2004 09:32 PM
Merry Christmas to the Greyhawk family. You will be in our prayers tonight on Christmas Eve just like every night.Posted by Marilou at December 24, 2004 09:50 PM
Merry Christmas to the Greyhawk family. I am guilty of reading you everyday and never saying thanks. So thank you for all you do. Although I know it is not much given your sacrifice for us but even though you are far from you family and friends this Christmas I do hope you have a joyful and peaceful Christmas.
I also want to thank you for your Christmas gift to us. That is the gift of peace, safety, freedom and liberty. These gifts do not come with wrappings and bows and we can never repay in kind to you what you give to us this Christmas. However, these gifts mean more to us then you will ever know. Thanks for serving, protecting and allowing us to celebrate Christmas this year and for years to come. We are wishing you a safe, quick journey home to your family and friends.
Thats a promise Mrs GH. You, Mr GH and all the young GHs.
Merry Christmas and a big thank you to you and your family for your service.Posted by elgato at December 25, 2004 02:49 AM
Way to go, Grey. I just posted the list, because our soldiers need to hear from as many of us as possible how invaluable their service is, and how we miss them at this special time of year.
Thanks, Greyhawk, and Merry Christmas.Posted by patrickafir at December 25, 2004 02:58 AM
Merry Christmas lil' bro, s-i-l, & all the young'uns (& large chocolate dog & not-so-large yellow one). We miss you guys lots and lots. May you all have a blessed Christmas, even under the circumstances. We are always praying for you all. GH, thanks for all you are doing and thanks for being you. S-i-l, you're doing an awesome job with all of this. (What was that you said about not being the writer in the family?) We are very proud of all of you. Much love, auntykPosted by bigsisevengreyerhawk at December 25, 2004 04:15 AM
Thanks for the encouraging words, and Merry Christmas to you and yours from Baghdad!
btw, thanks for the link too...keep up the great work.
It never fails to amaze me. You and your family are the best of the best. You must know that you are loved. We support you, my friend and we salute your family, without whom you could not be able to have such a wonderful attitude as I've seen on your blog about going and being gone from them over so many important occasions like birthdays and holidays.
May you remain safe and return home to find the love and hope you richly deserve.
To your family, God Bless you and keep you. May he grant you strength in this hour of separation and remind you of the most important things at this time: Love and devotion.
Merry Christmas and best wishes for a great New Year when your family is once again together. God bless you all.Posted by Pat in NC at December 25, 2004 04:07 PM
Boots on Ground is stateside blog. Was in Iraq long ago and is due to return.
Definitely add the other Mrs G.Posted by greyhawk at December 25, 2004 06:31 PM
Merry Christmas. You are all in my prayers.Posted by RebeccaH at December 26, 2004 02:05 AM
Merry Christmas, Greyhawk, and thanks for all you're doing for us over there. God bless you and your family, and here's hoping that you're all together again in '05.Posted by Kev at December 26, 2004 02:37 AM
Merry Christmas, Greyhawk and family!Posted by Blackfive at December 26, 2004 04:21 AM
Sus sent me that link. Don't think that I saw it in the list. It's a bunch of Docs from the 67th Combat Support Hospital (from Wurzburg) in Iraq.
They recently had to treat the wounded from the Marez DFAC bombing.Posted by Blackfive at December 26, 2004 04:26 AM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(26) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)