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January 04, 2008

Christmas Angels

Who can know what tales are told in the whispers of an angel,
Who can see what mighty deeds he does in the name of the Lord,
What eye can see or mind conceive of how he sees this world,
Dark and light is angel sight: the battle brave, and souls are saved.
Demons flee when we're set free, and angels there attend.**

Over at Marine Corps Moms this year, Operation Santa grew to include not just deployed Marines but wounded warriors at Balboa Naval Hospital, Brooke RAMC, Bethesda, and Walter Reed under the leadership of the lovely and talented Carrie Costantini and Marine Moms Bethesda. These ladies literally move mountains every Christmas to make sure our guys know they're remembered during the holiday season. Marine Moms even took care of Marine canine units this year, which is a great story if you recall Corporal Lee and Lex:

We're still immersed in making sure our troops are remembered this Christmas and last week, we received an additional 5,000 names of deployed Marines. Some of them are assigned to canine units. Canine Marines work side by side with their two-legged handlers, sniffing out explosives at vehicle checkpoints and buried ordnance. They save lives every single day - and here's your chance to reward them with their very own Christmas stocking filled with dog biscuits and perhaps a squeaky toy.

And over in Landstuhl, a different kind of angel is always watching over our wounded warriors. We spend a lot of time focusing on the people on the front lines, but it's a good thing these unbelievably caring and dedicated people are willing to give so much of themselves...

...because let me tell you, peoples: back in Iraq, the situation is going completely to the dogs...

“Every time we go on patrol, she is waiting at the front gate for us to come out.... [1st Lt. Fernando] Pelayo said.

Soldiers seem to like having a dog with them when they head into southern Baghdad’s battle-scarred Hadar neighborhood. Molly walks ahead, growling at the wild dogs that roam the rubbish-strewn streets, keeping them away from the soldiers.

“In this area there are so many dogs. When we go out dogs see and hear us from a good distance away, but Molly does a good job keeping them away and making them shut up and keeping them quiet so they don’t give away our position,” Pelayo added.

Thank God for the better angels of our nature. During the Christmas season, when so many of us were rushing around thinking of ourselves and what would be underneath our own Christmas trees, they were thinking of others.

Kind of humbling, isn't it?

**shamelessly swiped from an angel I know

Posted by Cassandra at January 4, 2008 10:53 AM

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The true beauty of a project like Op Santa is that it requires people to work together towards a common goal.
It requires people to be part of something bigger than themselves. Something that will benefit others who they will never meet but want to support.
And there were so many people who did just that.
It's a beautiful thing.
Thanks, Cass..
does this mean I can come out of the corner now?:)

Posted by: Carrie at January 4, 2008 01:49 PM

Heh :)

I was afraid I was going to be in the doghouse! Anyway, as I told you guys privately, the Unit was very impressed with the OpSanta stuff sent to his Marines. You all do great work and it is very much appreciated by some guys who are missing their wives and families very much this time of year.

Posted by: Cassandra at January 4, 2008 02:17 PM

Oh man! Carrie gets to come out of the corner! *pout*

Carrie's gone.........bthun took my torque wrench to make rain for Walkin' Boss' garden ......and I'm outta beer.

All these pointy hats are getting heavy.......

Posted by: Sly2017 at January 4, 2008 05:56 PM

Mongo send Beer-gram to Sly. And Mongo ask Beer-gram person not to shake beer en route like stupid Candy-gram that always blow up.

Posted by: Mongo at January 4, 2008 08:43 PM

Scrupl's on duty. Good.

Posted by: Cricket at January 5, 2008 10:08 AM

Thanks, Cass, glad the guys liked their packages. It just makes my Christmas, knowing that half a world away, Marines are feeling a bit of love from home.

Posted by: Deb at January 7, 2008 08:33 PM