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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

THE MUSIC STOPPED

THE MUSIC STOPPED
For those who are unaware: At all military base theaters, the National Anthem is played before the movie begins.
This is written from a Chaplain in Iraq :
I recently attended a showing of 'Superman 3' here at LSA Anaconda. We have a large auditorium we use for movies, as well as memorial services and other large gatherings. As is the custom at all military bases, we stood to attention when the National Anthem began before the main feature. All was going well until three-quarters of the way through The National Anthem, the music stopped.
Now, what would happen if this occurred with 1,000 18-22 year-olds back in the States? I imagine there would be hoots, catcalls, laughter, a few rude comments, and everyone would sit down and yell for the movie to begin. Of course, that is, if they had stood for the National Anthem in the first place.
Here in Iraq , 1,000 Soldiers continued to stand at attention, eyes fixed forward. The music started again and the Soldiers continued to
quietly stand at attention. But again, at the same point, the music stopped. What would you expect 1000 Soldiers standing at attention to do ?? Frankly, I expected some laughter, and everyone would eventually sit down and wait for the movie to start.
But No!!... You could have heard a pin drop, while every Soldier continued to stand at attention. Suddenly, there was a lone voice from the front of the auditorium, then a dozen voices, and soon the room was filled with the voices of a thousand soldiers, finishing where the recording left off:
"And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave, o'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave."
It was the most inspiring moment I have had in Iraq and I wanted you to know what kind of Soldiers are serving you. Remember them as they fight for us!
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Pass this along as a reminder to others to be ever in prayer for all our soldiers serving us here at home and abroad. Many have already paid the ultimate price..
Written by Chaplain Jim Higgins
LSA Anaconda is at the Ballad Airport in Iraq , north of Baghdad

4 comments:

CI-Roller Dude said...

Stand by... that's one song we have to wait for the ending.
I get a little ticked off when I'm at some public event where they play the National Anth...and some knuckelheads will talk through it. I've almost slapped a few...

Coffeypot said...

Gave me chills and tears of pride. Thank you, sir.

On the lighter side, back in my day, the base theaters would play the NA and everyone held their stance. Then, immediately afterward, the screen would show a waving Confederate Battle Flag and the music Dixie would break out and everyone (back and whit) would stand an yell. Then the scene of the ole drum and fife Revolutionary War photo of the wounded men carrying the flag would come on with the music Yanky Doodle Dandy would start and the people of Northern persuasion would do the same. This was in the ‘60s before PC was such a suck-ass idea.

ABNPOPPA said...

Citizen Soldier,

That is so awesome. Where is the news media when you REALLY need them. I'm linking to your site so more people can see what kind of young people are defending our country.
God Bless You and keep us posted on your "activity"

Pops

AirmanMom said...

This is such an amazing story. Love it! I thank you for this affirmation of why I love and respect our military!
Awesome post!
~AM

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