When The Music Stopped

July 9, 2008 at 7:20 am (Motivation-Inspiration) (, , , , )

I get a lot of really cool emails.  Maybe you do, too, maybe you don’t but here is the latest.

For those 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

We are blessed to have so many young men and women who are anxious to serve in the Military.


  1. Shane said,

    Very cool email! Those in the military deserve the highest respect for their sacrafices for our country!

  2. Bill Bradshaw said,

    I agree, The email may be an old post. But it is so true. Thanks Guy’s and Gal’s for all you do. Bill Bradshaw

    • Rocque said,

      Hello Bill,
      Thanks for your comments. I have so many emails about the Military. It is so important to remember them always. They do not have an easy job, that is for sure, and most that I talk to really care about the people who are not living in “free” countries. They fight for a better life for the people in the countries where they serve.

      I am sorry it took so long to comment on this. I started a blog with more space to continue this one and it is http://www.faithnhopnlove.com

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