A Christmas Poem

A NEW CHRISTMAS POEM

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE.

I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.
NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.
FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.
THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.
THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

WAS THIS THE HERO
OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?
I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.
SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.
THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.
I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.
THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.
THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
"SANTA DON'T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;
I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."
THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.
I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.
I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.
THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."
ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
"MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."

This poem was written by a Marine. The
following is his request. I think it is reasonable.....

PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as
you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S.
service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe.
Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead! , who sacrificed
themselves for us. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed.

May God Bless You and Have A Great Day

 

New Date for Rainelle WV Veterans Reunion

RIP George Wagner

ON SUNDAY THERE WILL BE A CELEBRATION OF George Wagner's LIFE. IT WILL BE AT THE RAINELLE MOOSE LODGE AT 1:00 pm OR 1300. THEY ARE ASKING THAT EVERYONE BRING SOME DRINKS OR A FOOD PLATE! AND YOU CAN ALSO WEAR BLACK (that's what most bikers have in their closet) NOT IN MOURNING OF GEORGE'S LIFE BUT TO SHOW RESPECT TO A FELLOW BIKER. HE WILL BE MISSED AT THE L.Z. RAINELLE/WV VETERANS REUNION COMMITTEE MEETINGS, NOT TO MENTION HIS PARTICIPATION IN MEMORIAL WEEKEND. R.I. P. MY BRUTHER. YOU WILL BE MISSED BY ALL OF US.......... — with George Wagner.

Veteran Appreciation Day, Nicholas County, WV

http://wchstv.com/community/road-trippin/road-trippinveteran-appreciatio...

 

"For several years now members of various Veteran's groups in West Virginia have been treated to a meal and games on an Appreciation Day. That day this year was Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Along with Sumersville, West Virginia's Mark Allen, the owner of Sarge's Dive Shop and The Summersville Marina, and Emma Michelinia of The Landing Zone Veteran Group from Ranielle, WC there were many volunteers that helped with the success of today's gathering. " - Terry Burhans 2017 - WCHS TV

 

Thank You

A big thank you to everyone who helped with the Mountaineer Veterans Garden of Honor.

I've (Lydena Wyatt) been given too much credit for coming up with the idea. While it's true, I did, but it still wouldn't have been possible for this idea to materialize, if not for Monica Smathers Venable and the L.Z. Rainelle WV Veterans Reunion Committee for financing the flags. Emma Michelini was a major driving force behind the project as well.

The volunteers that planted the flags worked tirelessly to plant over 11,000 flags I two days were my husband, David Wyatt (Stretch), my step-son, David A Wyatt (Boots), Lanny Michelini, J.w. Puckett, Markus (Kickstart) Holliday, Clark, Dave (Phone man) Harvey, and George (George Goodman. The L.Z. Rainelle WV Veterans Reunion Committee owes you a huge debt of gratitude. You guys ROCK!

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Render the Hearts

Render the Hearts is a Christian pop/rock group based out of Huntington, WV. They desire for people to see the love they have for Christ through their music and how they live. Their goal is not to become rock stars, but to help make Jesus famous.

                                                                                Date:                   Sunday   -   May 28, 2017
                                                                                Time:                       3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
                                                                                Location:            Rainelle City Hall
                                                     Admission:  canned good for area food pantries.
                                                                Bring your lawn chair.
                                                      Food and drinks available.

http://wwwrenderthehearts.com
http://www.youtube.com/renderthehearts
http://www.facebook.com/renderthehearts
mike.renderthehearts@gmail.com
304-575-8870

The Amazing River Jam Band

Don't miss it!!  The Amazing River Jam Band will be performing from 6 PM to 9 PM on Saturday, May 27 at the City Hall Stage. Admission will be one can of canned goods per individual for our donation to the area food pantries.

Moutaineer Veterans Garden Of Honor

LZ Rainelle Veterans Reunion will have this display Memorial Weekend. Over 11,000 flags. One for each WV soldier killed since WWI, through Present.  Click here for map. 
​Information from Levi: 

I have the preliminary figures and it looks like 11,476 flags will be displayed. I will be checking again.

Keep in mind that these figures are based on the figures that the government has as official casualties. The early wars may have figures that are off because they never had the technology to keep track of soldiers home states as correctly as we do today. Another thing that might cause an inconsistency that has been brought to my attention is some soldiers had recently moved to other states and that address was used, making them residents of other states. We can't possibly find these things out. We honor every soldier with this display no matter how many flags are displayed and we honor every American soldier even though that number is over 600,000 and it's not possible to put a flag up for each of them, they are on our minds and in our hearts. ~ Lydena Levi Wyatt

Army, Navy, Marines and Airforce Fleece Blanket Throws

Army, Navy, Marines and Airforce Fleece Blanket Throws  to be raffled Saturday Night during the concert.  Tickets can  be purchased from L.Z. Members during Monthly Committee Meetings at Rainelle Medical Center every 2nd. Thursday 7:00 p.m. or at the Arts And Craft Expo.

           

Cupcake Tasting Contest

L. Z. Rainelle Cupcake Tasting Contest

Open to the General Public
Bring 1 dozen of your best cupcakes.
Date: May 27, 2017
Registration Begins: 9:30 AM Tasting Begins: 10:00 AM
Place: L. Z. Arts and Craft Fair
           Rainelle United Methodist Church (gravel lot on left side of church)
           617 Kanawha Ave.
           Rainelle, WV 25962
To accept 1st. place prize: must be 21 or older to book a date at
Summersville Lake Marina. Rules apply.
2nd and 3rd prizes have no age limit to receive the prizes.
Must fill out and entry form.  (Click Here For Entry Form)

L.Z. Arts & Craft Expo

Cruise-IN: Car & Bike Show

Memorial Weekend,  May 27, 2017

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Classy Car and Bike Show

Rite Aide Parking Lot: 200 Kanawha Ave. Rainelle, WV

Click Here For Details

Run For The Wall Arrival "Ride For Freedom"

The "Run For The Wall A Ride For Freedom" motorcycle parade is scheuled to take place upon arrival of the group at 12:00 Noon, May 25.  Don't miss it!!

Cupcake Wars

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