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VetNet Headlines
July 27, 2010
***WHEN THE MUSIC
STOPPED***
******
(For those who are unaware, at a military theater, the National Anthem

is played before every movie.)


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 back in the States, we

stood and

snapped to attention when the National Anthem began before the

main

feature. All was going as planned until about 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 call for a movie. Of

course, that is, if

they had stood for the National Anthem in the first

place. Here, the

1,000 Soldiers continued to stand at attention, eyes

fixed forward. The

music started again. The Soldiers continued to

quietly stand at

attention.. And again, at the same point, the music

stopped. What would

you expect to happen?

Even here I would imagine laughter, as everyone

finally sat down and

expected the movie to start. But here, you could

have heard a pin drop.

Every Soldier continued to stand at attention..

Suddenly there was a lone

voice, then a dozen, and quickly 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 here in Iraq
. I wanted you

to know what kind of Soldiers are

serving you here. Remember them as

they fight for you! Pass this

along as a reminder to others to be ever

in prayer for all our soldiers

serving us here at home and abroad. For

many have already paid the

ultimate price.

Written by Chaplain Jim Higgins

LSA Anaconda is at

the Balad Airport
in Iraq, north of

Bagdad

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