UH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1234 times:
I'm not Christian, nor do I celebrate Christmas.... but about 95% of the troops here in Iraq DO celebrate the holiday. So today is still a pretty big deal and the mood is pretty somber. Because you can hang up as many decorations as possible... but as hard as we try... this still isn't "home."
So today my crew and I will be going out over Ramadi, searching for IEDs and providing support to EOD. The goal is to have ZERO losses or injuries today. I doubt Haji got the memo... but it would be a nice xmas gift for us.
Anyway - this video has been circulating around the troops a lot. I'm not big into christmas music... but the middle eastern feel to this song isn't bad for an xmas carrol.
Enjoy your christmas day, and don't forget that even though today is a holiday... the war doesn't get put on pause and soldiers still have to go out on dangerous missions!
DavestanKSAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1678 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1199 times:
Really moving video, brought a tear to my eye.
I've been thinking about myself being home for Christmas and then about you UH and all of your fellow Servicemen and Women away from home during not only the holiday season but throughout the whole year. I feel very selfish knowing I have a warm home to live in, family to spend time with, and a sense of security in my daily life.
Thank God for people like you UH and everyone currently serving and those who have served because we would be nothing without you. You are are heart, soul, and livelihood.
Thanks for your sacrifices and for showing what bravery, heroism, and courage truly mean.
You and everyone there are in my prayers.
Please be safe, and God Bless.
Yesterday we've sinned, today we move towards God. Touch the sky....love and respect...Safe Star!
ZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1983 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1182 times:
Hey UH, I really hope you and your fellow troops have the best Christmas/Holiday that you can have under the circumstances. It takes a special man to be able to put up with what you are doing. I support you 100% and wish the best of luck to you and everyone around the world fighting for peace for the free world whether you are American, Canadian , British etc... hope everyone comes home.
J_Hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1143 times:
While I was at a friends house for dinner earlier this evening, I happened to think of you over there and wondered how you were making out...and later said a prayer for you and your fellow troops later at midnight church service.
Some of us ARE thinking of y'all and hoping that as many as possible stay safe and return home...we know that some won't, but at least we can express our support to those whom we know are there....hang in there, kid! (sayin' so only cause I'm twice your age)
GOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4339 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1042 times:
Hopefully this will be your first and last Christmas out there...knowing the Army, probably not. I'll be spending my Christmas near North Korea next year, hoping that conflict doesn't get worse, but without M-16s, grenades, convoys, etc.