Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The National Anthem, The Day 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 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 1000 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 
The original post was Allison's at


  1. This is so inspiring, Odie.
    If it was at a lib event, they probably would
    have started singing Commie Anthems or something.

  2. Bunni, it would have been the same song as in Red October the movie.

  3. That was very inspiring and patriotic to the corp.

  4. Teresa, it is that. I was a great find.


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