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    Senior Member  The First 100 S.E.R.E.'s Avatar
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    USAF When the Music Stopped...

    An email received:

    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

    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 .

    Please share only if you are so inclined. God Bless America and all of our
    troops serving throughout the world.

    Something that was passed along to me…
    Subject: Thomas Jefferson was a student of history John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement:

    "This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

    Especially read the last quote from 1802.

    When we get piledupon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe. Thomas Jefferson

    The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. Thomas Jefferson

    It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world. Thomas Jefferson

    I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. Thomas Jefferson

    My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much
    government. Thomas Jefferson

    No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson

    The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. Thomas Jefferson

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson

    To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:

    'I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their
    currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will
    grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children
    wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.'

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    great posting and love the Thomas Jefferson qoutes.
    " There is no excuse to go about your business in a half-hearted way. We are only alive for a finite number of days, and we're poorer for every hour that we spend in soft-hearted pursuits."


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    The man with the plan  The First 100 TX Wide Glide's Avatar
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    Ditto, thanks for sharing, funny, only time i was ever able to make it to the movie theater on anaconda/balad was for the award ceremony for the unit we ripped with.

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    Good Posting. Amazing what the military bearing we all carry around with us can have us do.

    I made it to the theater once on my second tour. All the roads when black and we couldn't get back to Abu Gruaib for 2 days. Was a nice break from it all though.

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