Monday, June 14, 2010


I got this a few days ago from my Mom. I was so moved by it- I had to share.
It was 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.

is the custom at all military bases, we stood to attention when The National Anthem began before the main feature.
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!

Please consider this 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.

Chaplain Jim Higgins
Ballad Airport in Iraq, north of Baghdad .

What am I standing still for today?
What are you standing at attention for?
What are we standing out of respect for...

It had better be Him.

God, Thank you for the brave men and women serving our country all over this world of Your's. Thank You for our flag and what all that it stands for.

In His Dust,

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