I am always reminded on this day of the Stones River 1862-3 battle. The two armies faced off against each in preperation for the battle which would begin in full fury on January 1.
It was the evening of the “battle of the bands” and the tear jerking rendition of Home Sweet Home by all the bands on both sides. During WWI there was a similiar incident when German and Allied soldiers called an informal truce and celebrated together in “no-mans-land”. I can remember my own military experiences on New Years Eve. Church services seemed so much more meaningful to all who attended. A sincere wish of Happy New Year was on everybody’s lips.
We can look forward to a better new year for many of our military as we have left Iraq behind after so many years. We can only pray that some sensibility will prevail among our National leadership.
So I now end with a sincere wish to all who read this for a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Your Humble Svt.