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Soldiers in Iraq Sing the National Anthem in a Movie Theater-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: The eRumor is identified as
from a U.S. military chaplain in Iraq. He explains that the National
Anthem is played before every film in a military theater while soldiers
stand at attention. The chaplain describes an incident in Iraq when
the National Anthem was playing before "Superman 3." One-thousand
soldiers were all standing at attention but the recording stopped.
They all continued to stand at attention. The music started again,
but stopped again. Then one of them started singing and the others
joined in to complete the Anthem. The chaplain contrasts that
response to what might have happened in a typical theater in the United
States and comments, " I wanted you to know what kind of Soldiers are
serving you here."
The Truth: This story is true.
It's from the pen of Army Reserve Chaplain Jim Higgins who, when he is not
deployed, is Senior Pastor of
McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church, located in Powder Springs,
This event took place in May, 2007 while he was stationed at Camp
Anaconda, which is a large U.S. base near Balad, one of the largest
airbases in Iraq.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
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 d 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 d 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
LSA Anaconda is at the Ballad Airport in Iraq, north of Baghdad
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