There are around 33 military bases in California representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines. While many Americans serving in the military will enjoy a California Christmas close to home, others won’t. The retrograde of more than 30,000 U.S. military personnel from Iraq was accomplished in less than a month without the loss of a single American life around Thanksgiving and Christmas-time 2011. All but forgotten in this week’s homecoming celebrations are more than 300,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who will observe Christmas far from home and those who love them.
On Christmas, say a prayer of thanks for their sacrifice.