Why can we celebrate Christmas or anything we want to in 2010? The answer lies in this article…we live our lives because others die for us. Remember and never forget. No matter what your feelings are about war, just take a moment and think of those in the thick of it at Christmas.
They died for us. They gave their lives to defend what they believe in, their country. They love their families and will defend them until they can no longer.
We will sit down to a meal at Christmas and toast those no longer with us. Several of you will have an empty seat, but the usual occupant is sitting on a camp bed in the middle of a war zone. For them I give thanks.
We give thanks for food and drink, for one another and for our gifts.
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Over 230 soldiers from the UK have died defending the land they call home, since 2001 : The Complete List of named Fatalities
Today another UK soldier died in Afghanistan, this takes the total to 240 deaths for this country alone, since 2001. If you think the war is not as violent or quieting down, think again…103 of those were during 2009 alone.
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We will watch the videos below, and weep a tear. We will stop for a moment with the hairs on our bodies tingling, we will feel grateful and a little guilty. They chose their career and are proud to do their duty, BUT WE MUST NOT FORGET THEIR DUTY IS OUR CHANCE AT LIFE. Admiration and Gratitude is written for those who fight on behalf of the author of this article.
Watch these videos and then enjoy the festive season to the full, they want you to, they want you to live the life they defend.
This little girl in the US had only one wish for Christmas.
These servicemen and women know how to keep their spirits up in Afghanistan.
From her article: I received a comment left on my article that was not what I was expecting. It was a comment from an 18 year old boy who comes from Afghanistan and he seemed to want to voice his opinion on what our beliefs about his country are and what is the truth.
After reading the comment I could feel my blood pressure rising and wanted to ream this guy out, but I decided that instead of acting like both our Governments act and fight at the drop of a hat may benefit all of us if I talked to this young man and really found out the truth about life there for myself. Propaganda aside just him and me and what really is important for the people who live in that land.
Author note: I have recently spoken to several soldiers resting in Cyprus. They have returned from war and the one thing they said that helped them get through was the letters and gifts from home. They also said that they loved to receive letters from strangers, apparently during their low moments the letters remind them why they are there and who they are fighting for and for why. Why? They fight for our freedom and right to lead the lives that we do.
I innoculated several UK soldiers as they were leaving for war in 2004. They went with pride and one of those made it to the front page of the newspapers, he was killed. We had laughed as I carried out his pulhheems (physical and mental testing for UK forces), I cried for days, I then decided to live my life, a good life. I had shook the hand of a man who died for me and am never going to waste a day ever again.
Don’t waste yours, somebody just died for it.
I know you are all thinking, jeez Glynis this is Christmas, let’s not be morbid. I am not, I am reminding you to have a Happy Christmas because you can.