OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM IN IRAQ

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Janice Kennedy
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OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM IN IRAQ

Post by Janice Kennedy » Fri Feb 01, 2008 1:23 pm


Our National Anthem in Iraq
>
> For those of us 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 on 5/14/07 LSA
> Anaconda is at the Balad Airport in Iraq, north of Bagdad.


JESUS MESSIAH, NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES. JESUS MESSIAH, LORD OF ALL.
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE ALL THE TIME
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