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Postby Solarkat » Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:40 am

> For those who are unaware: At all military base theaters, the
> National Anthem is played before the movie begins.
> This is written by 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 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.
> 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
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Re: Support our Troops

Postby eqaztun » Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:26 pm

WOW!!! im a little heartbroken never did he mention one navy person was there which im almost positive there was considering YES we do have avy people fighting along sides of Marines ad Army soldier there either on an I.A. billet or there serving a GSA billet but in other words is a very inspiring story!!!
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Re: Support our Troops

Postby tauaunt » Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:02 pm

The troops never surprise me with the dedication and respect they have for this country. They truly are heroes. We have been blessed with getting to know many that serve her while playing this silly game. Heck, one in particular (along with the wife and kids) has become someone I consider a good friends and I have yet to sit and drink a beer with him face to face. God willing though (and my bank account) I will though his next time home. He happens to be in TF too. I am glad he is a better soldier than a ranger. But I want to say thanks to all that served and are still serving this country for our freedoms. :cheers
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