The holidays are upon us once again, and though I will be in a warm house enjoying the days with family and friends, I take a moment to step back in time. I recall the days serving in the military when I couldn’t make it home for the holidays and I couldn’t be with the family and friends I began my life with for the first 18 years. Once in the Air Force, I realized the new friends I surrounded myself with would become my second family.
Every holiday season I seem to have a flash back at some point, a flash back of celebrating the holiday’s with my friends who I served with. I could remember having to work and perform my entry control duties on gate 4 on Arctic Warrior Dr. ( just up the road from our favorite Ski and Benny pizza) on Elmendorf AFB, and how other military members coming onto base would constantly drop off trays of food for who worked the night shift. I remember us younger Airman would volunteer to work Christmas eve and day, giving the older NCO’s the opportunity to spend the holidays with their kids and giving us New Year’s Eve off to party.
Though on this new holiday season, I have once again come to realize that so many families will be without a loved one, because he or she is serving far away oversees. A spouse may be home alone, children may wonder when dad or mom will be back from their deployment to help put up the tree or to unwrap gifts with them Christmas morning, and a soldier will be going on through the day like a normal work day in far dangerous distant lands. I can’t complain what I have today, it would be completely selfish for me to whine about something this holiday season, so I want to put the word out there to everyone who may read this. Just for a moment, forget about yourself and just think about what others may be going through this holiday season who not only are serving in the military, but all those people out there who try to make good in this world, yet who continue to struggle to get by.
Merry Christmas to all out there, to the men and women of the Armed Forces, to the soldier’s who are oversees, to their families back home waiting for their return, to all the good people out there through out the world who are struggling to get by and to the many who now call the streets, their home.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
I leave you now with “A Soldier’s Christmas Poem”