Marines often have the unfortunate luck to be abroad, in danger, or otherwise not having a good time during the holidays. It can be a difficult time of year for many–enlisted and their families.
This year, I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Bing Crosby came to mind. The song was originally written and performed in 1943 with regard to the military serving abroad in World War II. While we may not be fighting in a Great War (at the moment), many Marines and service members are still out and about. As someone who spent at least one holiday season deployed, I know personally how much the little things matter.
Enjoy the holiday in whatever way you can. Rest and recover… We got a lot to do in 2023.
Merry Christmas, Marines… Wherever you are today.
Merry Christmas and a happier New year to all service members.
At least most Marines are somewhere warm. Late for christmas but happy new year to the US service men from Finland.
P.S. were are ready if you want a rematch 😉
That song was released in 1943 and my father (navy) said the first time he heard it he was on a packed bus going from one duty station to another. A young corporal with a guitar had bought the sheet music and after a half hour of noodling around had learned the chords, then sang it in a fine tenor.
By the time he was done the whole bus was sniffling. Dad always had a soft spot in his heart when it came up on the radio.