Marine Cpl. Kevin Marra, left, a Walton High School graduate, and Marine Staff Sgt. Luis Juarez, a Marietta High School graduate, will be spending Thanksgiving in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.
Special to the MDJ

Thanksgiving. There are few occasions when families get together all in one place and actually see one another and be thankful. Some families don’t always “get along” and therefore dread these types of holidays. The awkward meeting of the fellow sibling that causes friction can be a negative element to the holiday and can be a pain in the ass.  If not the sibling then perhaps something else that is out there that makes you not want to be together. Well, that’s your choice.

For some, being deployed doesn’t bring a choice for the holiday necessarily. They will (if lucky) get a chow hall version of turkey and fixings(if you want to call it that). Some may even stay up overnight to catch a football game in the chow hall. Some won’t even get the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving and I guess that’s their choice as well to be serving and volunteering in the military and taking the fight to the enemy.


“Since my brother and I joined the Marine Corps, it’s been hard for everyone to be around for the holidays together,” Marra said. “I definitely miss being home with family, but at the same time I understand I’m out here to support what we’re doing out here, and it’s OK with me knowing that we’re doing good out here.”

However if we look at “choices” which choice would have to make this year? Would it be to not see that particular sibling because you can avoid them or would you rather make the choice and serve your country, not see any of your siblings, family friends or any football? That pain in the ass sibling isn’t looking too bad now are they? Grow a set and get the family together for the love of God man! Trust me there are about 20,000 that would trade with you in a second even if it meant spending time with the pain in the ass. At least they would be with family which is more than many deployed can say this holiday.

Thanksgiving is about “thankfulness” and frankly America needs to look and make sure we know what we are thankful for and remember those that are physically making sure those sacred things stay around. I have spent many holidays deployed and away and I can tell you this that I would have traded with you in a second to spend Thanksgiving with my, your or any family during the holidays. If you get the chance I recommend you do the same but then again, it’s your choice.

Whats it like being deployed during Thanksgiving? (this was my post about turkey day that I wrote when I was home. Now away again Im writing about the same things-your almost home)

Time for a CGar-Happy Thanksgiving especially to my deployed warrior family! 



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