Subject: FW: I hope I never reach the point in my life where stuff like this
doesn’t move me–JHD

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 sat down and 

expected the movie to start. 

Here, you could have heard a pin drop.  Every soldier stood at attention.
Suddenly there was a lone 

voice, then a dozen, and quickly the room was filled with the voices of a
thousand soldiers ‘And the 

rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night
that our flag was still there. 

O 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.


  1. Damn, more proof I shouldve stayed in the Corp.
    I saw something written somewhere and I dont remember where but I remember like i know my own name……AMERICA IS NOT AT WAR THE MARINE CORP IS AT WAR, AMERICA IS AT THE MALL AND CONGRESS IS OUT TO LUNCH….If you really look at the comment its not so much about the Corp but about the state of our country. Such as the what happened in that post. There they sing it, here it probably wouldve been ignored or shrugged off and most wouldve just sat down. Great post.

  2. Peggy, I would hope so, as a patriotic American I believe in our Constitution and in free speech for everyone, not just those whose ideas are the same as mine. And blackops, thanks for the tip I may see Clayton at the mall when I’m picking up items for care packages for AnySoldier. He may be there for the same. And by the way, some of those 18-21 year olds in the cinema here in the States, may have already been to Iraq and have made it back. If I were in an audience here with the Anthem playing there would have been a sound when it stopped 3/4 the way through, cause I would have been singing the words to the Anthem along with the playing of it. Maybe not as loud as PA system but it would be there, much like our athletes at the Olympics do when they are on the podium. And as an Independant I wouldn’t say that “I will never vote republican”, but right now there would be very few I’d vote for. And I still wonder if GW would be president if his brother wasn’t the governor of Florida in 2000. I think a lot more people understand why we are in Afghanistan than why we are in Iraq. And I know that there are those who disagree with policy, but support our troops in spite of their opinions on the policy. And that now that we are there in Iraq we need to not leave it worse than before we came. We should act responsibly, and here at home we should also take responsibility to listen to all sides of the issue, not just the quick sound bites or just those we agree with. Then we will be able to make informed choices in the voting booth.
    Go ahead and insult me cause you don’t agree with me, if you want. I trust the Marines, Sailors, Army, Airmen, Coast Guard, Nat’l Guard, etc. are there fighting for all of us. I don’t require to know “whose side” they are on before I send a letter or package to Any Soldier. They are Americans and so am I.

  3. That was my immediate thought the first time the music stopped–sing the d–d song already! America is about the music being in everybody.
    Once it may have just been the Marines with this spirit, but I think with the all-volunteer force that the other branches are picking up some of the same hard corps spirit.
    As for Trish, don’t you think it’s time you started living in the present? The terrorists were planning this world war a long time before Bush was a glimmer in his supporters’ eyes.

  4. Real nice, but in august 2001, I stood in line at DMV outside a military base waiting for it to open to renew my drivers license. Several officers in uniform representing three brances of the military stood with me as the the flag was run up. Not nary a salute from ANY.
    Now you are getting shot at and suddenly you respect the flag.
    Right. Maybe they just have a different flag at DMV? Kind of like a different political party I suspect.

  5. LL:
    You obviously have a deep rooted respect for the Marines. Too bad you don’t even know how to properly spell “Corps”. Yes, there is an “S” in the name of your beloved Corps. You should show it this proper respect.

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