Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday America & When the music stopped.

Good morning friends! Happy Independence Day! This morning my little one flipped her first pancake. Pretty soon, she'll be cooking her own breakfast. Talk about Independence!Today I'm reminded that EVERY DAY people are out there fighting for the very freedoms that we take for granted some time. To all those service men and women who proudly serve our country, spending days, weeks, and months away from their children and families, today and every day we salute you.

Here's a little story that was forwarded to my by my friend Seongsook. I was really moved by it and thought I'd like to share it here with you.

Happy Independence Day to all!
When 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.

5 comments:

Lynn said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Selene. Thank you so much for sharing the story. I could visualize it perfectly. Pure beauty. We are very blessed.

leslie (crookedstamper) said...

I LOVE this card. Absolutely gorgeous.

And that story brought a tear to my eye. God bless our troops!

Denise Willerton said...

Thanks for sharing Selene ~ have a wonderful camp out!

Butternutsage said...

Wow that story is something we need to remember to share with our children so we can turn things around and get this country back to being respectful! Thanks Selene!

Ms said...

very moving.... thank you for sharing the story as well as the card.... I did share the when the music stopped... God bless all of our troops....