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those who are unaware: At all military base Theaters,
the National Anthem is played before the movie begins.

This is written by 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 place.
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 1,000 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

Let us not forget what tomorrow is about. Thank you to all that serve or served and please never forget that some gave all.


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Great story! I would expect nothing more from our troops. ;D

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I just recieved another one that I thought I would share on this special day.

At a time when our president and other politicians tend to apologize for our country's prior actions, here's a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our country.

are good

Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when
DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US
military out of France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded,
"Does that include those who are buried here?"

did not respond.

could have heard a pin drop.

When in England ,
at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the
Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of
'empire building' by George Bush.

He answered by saying,
"Over the years, the United States has sent many of
its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom
beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for
in return is enough to bury those that did not

could have heard a pin drop.

There was a conference in France
where a number of international engineers
were taking part, including French and American. During a break,
one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you
heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft
carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he
intend to do, bomb them?"

A Boeing engineer
stood up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three
hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are
nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to
shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to
feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand
gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a
dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and
from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships;
how many does France have?"

could have heard a pin drop.

A U.S. Navy Admiral
was attending a naval conference that included
Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French
Navies At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large
group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.
Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a
French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many
languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that
we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than
speaking French?"

Without hesitating,
the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the
Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't
have to speak German."

could have heard a pin drop.



Robert Whiting,
an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.
At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport
in his carry on.

have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked

Mr. Whiting
admitted that he had been to France

you should know enough to have your passport ready."

The American said,
"The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."

Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !"

The American senior
gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he
quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in
1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen
to show a passport to."

could have heard a pin drop.


you are proud to be an American, pass this on! If not, delete it.

I am proud to be of this land, AMERICA


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ROFLMAO ;D ;D ;D The are good ones.

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Nice! I have never had the desire to join the military, but I have plenty of family who have, and some who are currently serving. I have nothing but respect and admiration for those who serve, and I am very proud to be an American! Thanks to all the troops, past, present, and future.
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