Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Eve away from home

December 24th, Christmas Eve.  Most Americans are with their families:  husbands with wives, parents with their children, grandparents with grandchildren....But this year, as is true every year, thousands of America's military men and women spend Christmas without their families, and far from home. 

For the past five years, the Boise Bench Lions Club has remembered our service men and women and their families on Christmas Eve by sponsoring a walk from Julia Davis Park to the Capitol steps.  It's not much time out of the hectic holiday schedule, only about an hour, not much at all compared to the time our service people are away from family.  Several Lions Club members and friends made the short walk to say a public "thank you" to our military and their families, waving flags, singing carols.  Lion Tom Young, a WWII vet and POW spoke briefly, a heartfelt prayer-he knows the sacrifice. 

The night was cold,  hearts were warmed.  Thank you for your service.

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