Wednesday, December 24, 2008

On Christmas, let's remember the Troops who make it possible...

To my Conservative Friends:

I always like to take a breath during a holiday to step away from the banter and passionate debate about our politics and our history to recognize a very special group of Americans, our troops...

We argue loud and strong everyday about our beliefs and we should realize that our ability to express our beliefs so freely is equally, if not more, important than the actual beliefs themselves... And the troops protect that cherished freedom that a lot of Americans take for granted.

Let's look at some my favorite tributes and moments for our troops:

If you missed this story recently about a soldier coming home to surprise his 6-year-old son, it is one of the most moving tributes to Fathers and the extent of the sacrifice their families go through while they are away serving this great country. This one had my whole family heading for the Kleenex:

If you don't get choked up at that, I don't know what would do it....

And just so I don't get emails from the ladies, here is a special Father/Daughter reunion that actually had me choked up:

And what tribute to the troops would be complete without a Lee Greenwood - God Bless the USA song... This one is one of the best I have seen that really displays the compassion and emotions of the great men and women of our armed forces:

We all will be taking a well deserved break tomorrow to celebrate the birth of Jesus... Let's not forget that his sacrifice, like the troops', is never to be forgotten and always to be cherished...

The troops love this country in a way that many us us could not possibly know. To lay your whole life on the line for the country you love is beyond courageous. It is an act worthy of honor and immense respect.

I, for one, would like to recognize that and say to all of them and their families:

Thank you, God bless you and Merry Christmas...

Just my thoughts....

GOP Mike


  1. awesome post, mike. tanks for writing it.

  2. Your welcome Clyde....

    Glad you enjoyed it....

    GOP Mike

  3. I made the mistake of watching just one, and then another, and then finally the last one. So beautiful and sad all at the same time. I'll admit I shed a few tears at 1:20 or so in the music video. I remember that picture, and the story behind it.

    Michael Yon ( took that photo in the aftermath of a suicide car-bombing on a U.S. military vehicle. They deliberately waited until a bunch of children were near the vehicles before attacking. Farah, the girl in the photo, was one of the casualties. She died shortly after that as the man holding her, Major Mark Bieger, tried to get her to an American facility for treatment. To me there's just something so profoundly sad in someone as strong and tough as one of our own comforting a child in her last moments, completely helpless to save her. It says so much about the character of our troops, and of the men and women of Iraq who are able to come together in the midst of terrible attacks like this.

    I can't do that particular story justice. You're better off just reading the entry he wrote about it, as well as other articles of his. He tells it like it is, and nevermind the crap coming out of the mainstream press.

    Mike, you have a merry Christmas. Our troops may not be home, but they are on the road to victory, and the glorious end is in sight for Iraq!

  4. Thanks. Crying is good for us. Have a blessed Christmas.

  5. And here was me thinking that the army was voluntary.

    Next in the news:

    Man turns heater down.
    He gets cold.