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Tuesday, June 12, 2007


This will be my good news for the day.....tho it comes with a tissue alert. GOD BLESS AMERICAN & THOSE WHO SERVE HER.

From a Chaplain in Iraq .

"I recently attended a showing of "Superman 3" here at
LSA Anaconda. We have a large auditorioum 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.

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

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