Monday, November 12, 2007

Day 12: Guest Blogger Saves the Day!!

Thanks DS for sending this...I no doubt would have boohoo'd at the sight of this.

Note: If you have ever been to a movie theater on a US military base, the National Anthem is played before the movie.

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; I wanted you to know what kind of Soldiers are serving you here."


Secret revealed tomorrow! My big news! No more waiting!

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7 Comments:

Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

Very cool story.

Now, secret - big news? Is this why you've been so hush-hush these days?

7:09 PM  
Blogger JJ said...

Erin, I love you, but I can't wait anymore. I gotta bust this secret thing wide open-

Erin misses me so much she has decided to move to Korea!!!!!!!

She'll give the kids some food and water and put them in a closet. We'll let them out when we return next fall.

So sorry to be stealing her away, but I need her more than you do.

8:19 PM  
Blogger JJ said...

Oh!
Excellent blog. I'm not surprised, really. I mean, the soldiers that I know take great pride in their jobs and their country. Even if they don't agree with this war, they understand why they are there and what the goal is.

Do you know why girls love a man in uniform? It's not just because they look sexy as hell. It's because we know they believe in something, are standing up for it, fighting for it, and take pride in it. Representing you country- now THAT'S sexy.

1:29 AM  
Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

It's a new job, isn't it? That's my guess. New job.

11:26 AM  
Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

Argh! Where is this big news? Should-be-working minds want to know!

It's a new job, isn't it? Yep, it's a new job.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Sadly, after the soldiers were put through the miserable hell that is Superman 3, which had Richard Pryor mugging for laughs for 2 annoying hours, they drew their bayonnets and slashed the screen to pieces...

5:02 PM  
Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

Don't rag on Superman III! Pryor was actually pretty funny in that film. It was Christopher Reeve who was a dud. "I give as good as I get!"

Yeesh!

8:00 PM  

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