Star Spangled Banner and our Troops

What a wonderful way to honor our troops!

When the Music Stopped...

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 that 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-to-22-year-olds back
in the States?  I imagine that 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, only 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.  Again, though, at the same point, the music stopped.
What would you expect 1,000 soldiers standing at attention to do?? 
Frankly, I expected some laughter, and everyone would eventually sit down
and wait for the movie to start.

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 U.S. 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.
 

God Bless America and all of our
troops serving throughout he world.