Throughout the years, Soldiers have celebrated Christmas in rough, austere conditions during wartime. While not ideal, Soldiers have always made the best of bad situations and celebrated the holiday season regardless of the war they were fighting.
Soldiers sit around Christmas decorations in the Y.M.C.A. at Valdahon, France, 1917.
Army Maj. Gen. Eric T. Olson, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 76, talks to soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment on Christmas Day 2004 in Waza Khwa, Afghanistan, following a patrol through several nearby villages.
Sgt. Maj. Della, operations sergeant major for Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, takes her real Christmas tree on a tour of Camp Taji, Iraq, to have soldiers of the camp help decorate it in 2004.
Just before Santa Claus leaves his “jeep-sleigh” the guard of honor stands on each side presenting arms to the Christmas visitor. Camp Lee, Virginia, Quartermaster Replacement Center. December 1941.
Sitting around a miniature Christmas tree and opening a Christmas package are (front row, left to right) S/Sgt. John F. Suchanek; and Pfc. Joseph G. Pierro; and (back row) Sgt. Charles M. Myrich; and Sgt. Leon L. Oben. All are members of F. A. Bn., 3rd Div. Pietramelara, Italy. December 16, 1943.
Today, we wish all of our troops deployed a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for your support and dedication to protecting our freedom and our nation.
We also thank the Families, Friends and loved ones of our servicemembers. While you may not be able to spend the holidays with your Soldiers (Sailor, Airmen, Coast Guard or Marine), we hope you are standing proud, knowing that their are protecting the lives of millions.