Soldiers

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  1. carpro

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    http://letters-from-the-desert.blogspot.com/

    Soldiers


    I recently attended a showing of "Spiderman 3" here at LSA Anaconda. We have a large auditorioum 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. I wanted you to know what kind of Soldiers are serving you here.


    Chaplain Jim Higgins
     
  2. ktn4eg

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    What a wonderful story!

    As a military retired veteran (and one who was deployed to the desert in the early stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom), I always get choked up when "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played.

    While most people know only its first verse [if, in fact, they even know that one!], I always mentally sing these words (which are sometimes called its Fourth Verse):

    O thus be it e'er
    When free men shall stand
    Between their loved homes
    And the war's desolation.

    Blessed with vict'ry and peace
    May our heaven-rescued land
    Praise the Power that hath made
    And preserved us a nation.

    Then conquer we must
    When our cause it is just
    And this be our motto:
    "In God is our trust."

    And the Star-Spangled Banner
    in triumph shall wave
    O'er the land of the free
    And the home of the brave!
     
  3. Salty

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    ARMY STRONG
    Physically, mentally, emotionally and patriotism
     
  4. JustChristian

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    Terrific. I'd prefer to think that America is a peace loving country but that's impossible considering recent events. Jesus Christ was NOT ARMY STRONG. Do you agree?
     
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    Oh, but He WILL be one day when He comes riding back on a white horse with His army of Saints with Him!! Hallelujah!

    Rev. 19:[11] And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
    [12] His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
    [13] And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
    [14] And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
    [15] And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
    [16] And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
    [17] And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
    [18] That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
    [19] And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
    [20] And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
    [21] And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

    Now back on topic - God Bless Our Brave Troops!!

    It is. But that is coming to an end soon.
     
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    ...and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.


    AWESOME.
     
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    Paul Anderson ( http://www.payh.org/site/PageServer?pagename=paul_paulanderson ) once said " I am the strongest man in the world, and I have peace all the time:"
     
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    We need more people like this Paul Anderson and the good men and women in uniform as noted in the O.P! We need less of those who simply choose to complain.

    God Bless our men and women in uniform. :jesus:
     
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    I wish I could have been there! What a thrill it would have been.:thumbs:
     
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    Wow! Great story!!

    ktn4eg: That is also my favorite verse of the "Star Spangled Banner"!
     
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    Wow, I love these soldiers.
     
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