I received this email today and wanted to share it with all of you:
When 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! 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 .
Please share only if you are so inclined. God Bless America and
all of our troops serving throughout the world.