Janice’s Review Blog

Remember the troops year-round

Posted on: January 13, 2010

Christmas came and went and everyone returned to their usual routine.  This year on Christmas day, I spent some time on Twitter between my morning walk and the annual tradition of grabbing the camera and making tracks to the deserted streets of Old Town Scottsdale to enjoy peace and our glorious Arizona weather.

Leading up to Christmas, I noticed that many military and non-military folks posted YouTube’s and thank yous to our troops serving and watching over us here and abroad.  The support from the military family continues as an ongoing event, but after the holidays, we civilians seem to get into our routines and forget the sacrifices our troops and their families make for us all year-round. 

The military family and their supporters remember on Twitter with hashtags like #militarymon, the equivalent of #followfriday for the military family; #sot, support our troops;  and other military hashtags.  They also recommend adding a twibbon to an avatar to support our troops.

I saved a few of the most inspiring YouTube presentations to reflect on all year-round and to remember what our military sacrifices for all of us.  The poems bring tears to my eyes and the Christmas song makes me marvel that such young men so far away still keep their joy and sense of humor on Christmas far from home.

Michael Marks created the poem “A Soldier’s Christmas.”  LCDR Jeff Giles submitted the poem via e-mail and hal@c2cmedia.net created the following YouTube version set to the music “I Believe” by Era. 

Former U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. James M. Schmidt wrote “Merry Christmas, My Friend,” which inspired the following YouTube presentation of “A Soldier’s Silent Night.”   Former U.S. Marine Corps WWII veteran Ted Berndt recites the poem.

This last song, “Merry Christmas from Afghanistan,” tended to be humorous while revealing just a touch of what the troops face on a holiday in Afghanistan.  The post on YouTube read, “Seasons greetings from CAAT 1, WPNS CO, 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines. (filmed on site at Alpha 1)

“(As it pans across the platoon halfway through, please excuse them looking like they’re watching a crucifixion; by this point they’ve heard the song several hundred times :)”

Viewers still post comments, which number 230 as of today. 

Although the holidays are over, the military personnel continue to keep watch and protect us and our freedoms.  Support them by sending them packages, sending them letters or remembering them and their families in your prayers.  I follow some great people and organizations on Twitter that support military or serve or have served in the military including @milblogging, @majbc1, @USNAVYSEALS, @publicrelations, @NavyNews, @ilovemytroops, @soldierangels and many more.  Please keep our military and their families in your thoughts year-round.


2 Responses to "Remember the troops year-round"

Great topic, Janice and I like how you do a round up of related videos and put them right into the blog post. Nice job!

Le Templar
PVCC Puma Press blogs adviser

It’s really great the troops have this medium to still communicate back home. Great post!

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