A Christmas Chanukah EID Yule Tide Message for Hubbers | from Hmrjmr1

Ah my Hubber friends, followers, fans, fammers, and spollowers, (you all know who you are), I pass along my special wish for those in the 56 countries, and 955 cities around the world (Including the city of –Not Set-), for a Merry Christmas for those who are Christian, Happy Chanukah for my friends who are Jewish, ASlam a likum EID for my Muslim friends, a cheery Yule tide for my Wicca friends, and a clear path on boxing day for my friends in the UK. It is my wish for each of you and all of you that the peace of the season gives you hope for the peace of the world.

While this is a time many might think I would be sad, or melancholy, (We lost John II last year and a day ago) it just is not so. Christmas for me long before John’s birth has been always a time to take great joy in the miracle of birth and the possibility of peace, since I think a soldier has an obligation and self interest to hope that peace may be so.

The joy of the season for me was even more elevated at John II’s birth as it took place on 24 Dec 1984; a day that hence forth was not called Christmas Eve but Johnnies Birthday! How much more confirmation of God does a simple man need than to share such a miracle so near the time of his own sons birth. How happy he must have been! You see, Johnnie was born two weeks early during what at the time was a short break between deployments, a two month one completed to Yakima Firing Center 180 miles away, and Winter Warfare exercises in Alaska in January. So by coming two weeks early I was able to attend his birth as I had his older brothers.Such a great Gift and surprise for Christmas!

Life and birth are daily miracles God provides us; no matter what you call him or how you choose to pray to him. It is also a miracle of the Earth as Mother Earth did and does nourish all life and give it sustenance to grow.

 Death is the culmination and final act of this miracle and is the springboard to faith that goes back the full range of man from cave paintings, through the pagan periods of mummification, the legends of Hades and the River Styx, to the current promise of heaven, or returning your energy to the Earth. In all faiths there is more and longer sustenance after life than there is in it. Of that fact, in my sectarian non denominational faith I am sure, and allows me to look forward to the day God calls me home, hopefully mission accomplished (emphasis on God cause it’s not my call as to when I go but it is in how I choose to live the miracle he granted me.).

I’ve included a portion of Major General Tony Cucolo, Commander 3rd Infantry Division and Division Command Sergeant Major Jesse Andrews Holiday Message to the Troops of the 3rd Infantry Division (The Dogface Soldiers), now deployed in Iraq, and Afghanistan, and more heading that way. I served proudly with the 3rd ID twice in Iraq as an MWR contractor. Gen Cucolo sums a soldier’s view up far better than my humble words and thus I share them with you. I’ve included a link to the 3rd ID Facebook page and you can follow them as I do,

 Though we are far away from the places and faces we love so much, we’re doing what American Soldiers have done in similar circumstances during holiday seasons for the last 234 years: when we miss home, we turn to each other for strength -- our battle buddies and our units -- because we’re all in this together. And we hope our Families turn to one another -- other Army Families – for strength because our Families are all in this together, too.

But there is something else about life out here you ought to know: the deep longing to be with our loved ones is mixed with an intense pride in who we are and what we do. You see, when we look at what war and inhuman cruelty has done to the people we are trying to protect in both Iraq and Afghanistan; we are more determined to make a difference. And when we fight to bring good people the same simple freedoms we enjoy in the United States and allow young democracies to take shape, we appreciate so much more what we have at home and feel a great sense of pride that we voluntarily chose to serve our Nation and do our duty, this duty, at this moment in history.

And all of that makes us even more thankful this time of year to be who we are – American Soldiers – Dogface Soldiers! – because while others can wish and hope for peace this holiday season…we deliver it.

So the Command Sergeant Major and I will close with the Dogface Soldiers’ Holiday Wish:

“Peace on earth to people of good will…all others must deal with us.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Rock of the Marne!

Major General Tony Cucolo

Command Sergeant Major Jesse Andrews

Here are some songs of the season that I think are appropriate I encourage you to listen to them all and see the common message. God Bless you each and every one.

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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Thanks for a great hub, Merry Christmas my friend.


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Merry Christmas Putz, God Bless!


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Merry Christmas, dear! Actually, I am listening to the Chanukah music right now, beautiful. All the world's cultures provide us with the opportunity to walk so many paths toward God. God bless you!


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Great post... Happy Christmas!!!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Thank you for your service. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


ivori 6 years ago

Beautiful and appreciated hub. Merry Christmas to you, too! God bless the path you walk.


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Delores - While mine is a road less traveled by, I think God gives us what we need to confirm our faith, Merry Christmas to you!

CM - Merry Christmas my friend!

Tom - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you sir!

ivori - The Blessing he has given are the many friends like you along the path, Merry Christmas!


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readytoescape 6 years ago from Central Florida

Hmrjmr,

Great hub my friend. Fortunately both of my boys are out of the combat zone this year, the first in the past five and we are thankful. A Very Merry christmas to you sir.


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

RTE - that's twice extra blessed I'm so glad for ya for that. Thanks for all you and your family do Merry Christmas and faith and hope for peace in a great New Year!


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Hmrjmr1,

Merry Christmas! and may all of Gods blessings be upon you. I will be praying that our soldiers will have cold rifle barrels, silent artillery, the aircraft will be performing peaceful rolls in the sky above them and my Helo brothers will be bringing the needs to all in the form of hot meals and mail from home. May the battle fields be silent.


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janiek13 6 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

What a beautiful and touching hub. I believe I am going to share this on my facebook page, so that everyone may enjoy. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you!


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

50 Cal - and his blessings on you my friend, The Battle Fields you describe would be a very special Silent Night indeed. Semper Fi my friend..and Merry Christmas....

Janiek13 - Thank You and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you as well.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Dear Hmrjmr,

Your hub was moving and important. I'm sorry it took me so long to comment but nothing was working for me on hubpages. I couldn't write a hub, comment on my hubs or anyone else's. It's fixed now. I am going to print your hub and keep it handy. It's that good. Thank you.


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Bpop - Thanks and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

Thanks for the memories! I had a hard time getting past "boxing day." We traveled to Canada on Christmas day for years........ and as much as I hate to shop......... my daughter did drag me out to shop every year we were there.

As for the rest............ touching, and something that every one of us needs to remember.

Have a great holiday!


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Kaie - Thanks and a Merry Christmas to you as well!


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Good stuff hmrjmr. I just wanted to drop in and wish you a Merry Christmas. Best to you and yours


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Dittos Tony Merry Christmas and a great and prosperous New Year!


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Jess Killmenow 6 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

Nice ecumenical job, there Hmrjmr1! Thank you!


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Jess - I have so many friends around the globe of all faiths that I have to bring them all in. Not PC, mind you; just a lucky fellow to have so many great friends! Happy Christmas Jess and looking forward to a great New year!

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