CHRISTMAS AT WAR: Some Things Never Change…

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” -Matthew 5:9

One thing that has never changed since our country’s first war, the American soldier is the one who always leaves everything he loves, his wife, his children, and his home, to go and fight in the name of their freedom, and their homes. Whether at war, or during peacetime, the soldiers are always doing their duty, even at this most festive time of the year. For the American soldier, Christmas can be a very lonely time, as they are away from everyone they love, doing their duty as a soldier, and as an American. From the Continental soldiers who marched toward victory at Trenton; to the Confederate and Union soldiers shivering around campfires, reading letters from home and trying to bring a piece of Christmas to their lives; to the Doughboys fighting in the trenches of the Western Front; to the paratroopers surrounded in the Ardennes Forset; to the Marines fighting on inhospitable islands such as Guadalcanal and Peleliu; to the men who suffered through the cold of Korea; the soldiers in the hills of Vietnam, and; to the soldiers who today fight in hot, humid desert regions in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan, the men and women of our armed forces have spent many Christmases away from their homes and their loved ones. For all of them, a letter or gift from home can mean the world at this time of the year, while their families struggle to keep their homes together while their loved ones are away.

This Christmas, I ask that each of you who read this article to say a prayer for those men and women who have fought, and continue to fight for our country’s freedom, and to remember those who have died keeping this great nation of ours safe.

To those of you serving in our armed forces, we here at this blog wish you a Merry and Blessed Christmas, and happy holidays, and pray that you will stay safe as you do your duty to your homes, and your country. May God bless all of you!

About Steven Hancock

I am an avid student of American and World History, with a particular interest in the American Civil War. I am currently a student at American Public University, working toward a Master's Degree in United States History. I am also a Civil War Reenactor, donning the uniform of the common Union and Confederate soldier at reenactments throughout the year.
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