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A 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 chimeny
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 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. 
Christmas is coming soon, and some credit is due to our U.S. Service men and woman 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. 
Have a Merry Christmas & May God bless you!  

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Holiday Hours

We will be closed December 24th until January 3rd for the holidays. 
We will open January 3rd at normal business hours. 
Merry Christmas from the Renegade Marine team!  

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Save the Dates:

Louisville Boat Show
January 24th, 2018 - January 28th, 2018
Renegade Marine Open House
February 15th, 2018 - February 18th, 2018 

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Winter Hours

November 3rd, 2017 we will be changing our hours to winter hours.
Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 4:00 pm  CST
Saturday - 7:00 am to noon CST

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The temperature is dropping and customers are bringing their boats in for winterizing! Get yours in today! We also offer shrink wrapping, cleaning, pressure washing, and acid washing. Call for rates! 

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