When The Music Stopped…In Honor of Our US Service Men and Women

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 .

When the Music Stopped…

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