Sunday, June 17, 2007

Inspiring Story

Happy Father's Day, everyone! I hope you are able to speak to those dads in your lives who have made a difference to you, and let them know how much they mean to you.

A friend sent me this message today, and I was very touched by it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

And they say that patriotism is dead.....

For those civilians: In Military theaters the National Anthem is always
plays before the movie begins.

Subject: From a Chaplain in Baghdad

"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 sat down and expected the movie to start.

Here, you could have heard a pin drop. Every Soldier stood at attention.

Suddenly there was a lone voice, then a dozen, and quickly the room was
filled with the voices of a thousand Soldiers 'And the rockets red
glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our
flag was still there. O 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.

Written by Chaplain Jim Higgins on 5/14/07.


Tammy said...

This story is just beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

Tammy said...

Tagging You!