"In the end, it has to become just another day. But it is another day down, scratched out on the calendar. An emblem of progress and a reminder to count your blessings, not your difficulties. We are 24 hours closer to finishing this chapter of life and returning to those things that we know and love."
- Capt. Lee Kelley, excerpt from Doonesbury.com's The Sandbox, regarding Christmas in Iraq* photo borrowed from blackfive.net