I’ll Be Home For Christmas [VIDEO]

I’ll Be Home For Christmas [VIDEO]

I’ll Be Home For Christmas [VIDEO]

This Christmas, as has happened many Christmases before, many soldiers, sailors, and Marines will be spending the holiday far from home. The song “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” which was originally released in 1943 by Bing Crosby, was written to echo the longing of those serving in World War II for home and hearth.

And Bing will have to forgive me, but I grew up with the hauntingly lovely version of this song by the Carpenters, and it remains my sentimental favorite version.

This year, Vice President Pence made a surprise trip to Afghanistan to celebrate with our troops.

Secretary of Defense Mattis paid a visit to Guantanamo Bay.

And President Trump casually strolled out of the White House a few days ago to go on an unscheduled visit to Walter Reed National Medical Center.

Trump told reporters as he was leaving the White House en route to the medical center that he was going to “say hello to some of the bravest people anywhere in the world.”

“We’re just going to wish them a merry Christmas, a happy New Year,” he said. “We love those people.”

These are all men and women who would rather be home, with family or friends, celebrating their individual traditions tonight. Every family has their own special traditions – mine always has pizza on Christmas Eve, and the kids get brand-new pajamas to wear to bed. But today, these members of our military will be far from home, hoping to make a phone call or video call with their family over the time zones to simply say “Merry Christmas” and maybe see the festivities from a distance.

Remember them today, and if ever a chance comes your way to make Christmas a little bit happier for a military family comes along, take it.

Merry Christmas to all of our readers, at home and abroad, from the Victory Girls!

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  • GWB says:

    Been there, done that, still have mud in my shoe.
    A Merry Christmas to all of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, no matter where you are!

    (I sat alert once for Christmas. Fortunately, we were allowed to do so at home, tied to our pagers, so we all went to the aircraft commander’s house and had a big Christmas dinner.)

  • Chris in N.Va says:

    I was in USAF basic training during Christmas (many *ahem!* moons ago — 1972). My wife also was in USN boot camp when she enlisted (slightly less moons ago). When Silent Night was played during our chapel Christmas service there was nary a dry eye in the house — much like the old Bob Hope USO tour shows prevalent back then. When my wife was in boot camp, Christmas carols were playing over the barracks PA, until “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” started, which was immediately interrupted with a “Sorry girls!” announcement followed by a different song.

    I sill get emotional over the Christmas holidays as Silent Night brings back memories of those (and other) times of holiday separations from family and friends during the years of military service.

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