Thankful Thursday Military Christmas Joy!

Several of us may not be here for Christmas. This is for them, the warriors among us. We’ll be glad to share Christmas with you if you’re here. If you’re not here, rest assured, you will be held up to God’s Throne by the prayers of all of us. As will everyone deployed at Christmas. We will not forget you. Neither will He. And there are millions of genuine Americans who share our pride in you and our gratitude for your service. We know for sure that if you were not protecting this nation, we would long ago have been taken over by evil forces. We can’t thank you enough for your part in preserving America’s freedom. We can promise you that your sacrifices will not be forgotten while this earth exists.

And we hope your Christmas, wherever you are, may be as comfortable as some of these seen here:

This is from an earlier year, but I didn’t want to wait for this year’s, since a couple of our regulars may not be here then:

This one is for our neighbor and ally to the north.

Yep. He’s their President too.

How about a little music? Everyone feel free to add your choice of Christmas songs in the comments!

US Army Band: Christmas Time’s A’Comin’.

USAF Band Christmas Flash Mob

USMC Christmas in the Round

US Navy Band

US Coast Guard Christmas Fanfare

God bless you, guide you, and keep you from all harm this Christmas, warriors. Wherever you may be.

US Military Christmases on Battlefields of the past

Christmas at Bastogne, 1944:
By December 20, despite the arrival of the 10th Armored Div “Tigers of Bastogne” (ordered to Bastogne by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower) and assistance from the 82nd Airborne at St. Vith, Bastogne was surrounded by Germans. On the Dec. 22 the ultimatum was delivered to Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe by four German soldiers: surrender now, or we will send the artillery. McAuliffe replied simply, ‘Nuts!’

For four more days, the Americans held the position — facing nightly bombing runs from the Luftwaffe — but on the 26th, the tide of battle turned. Lieutenant Charles P. Boggess, leading a handful of M4 Sherman tanks, fought his way through to Bastogne. But just behind Boggess was the real Christmas gift: three divisions of Patton’s Third Army, all of whom had made a 125-mile trek from the south. The German hold on Bastogne was finally broken.

May God give our warriors victory this Christmas, and always.

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