Hump Day Report: What Matters, 11/11/12

ALOHA, ALL!!  This is my first blogpost since the election.  While I’m still processing, assessing and cogitating on the future, one thing rings true:  we are free today because of our fighting men and women.  We celebrate them on November 11, but they deserve our respect and gratitude all year long.  They dedicate their lives to God, service and country.  To wit (Shaka to Adrienne):

I recently attended a showing of ‘Superman 3’ here at LSA Anaconda. We have a large auditorium that 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-to-22-year-olds back in the States? I imagine that 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, only 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. Again, though, 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.

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 U.S. 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 of Baghdad.

And check out this blog post/tribute from my blogging friend, Nebraska Energy Observer:  Music of Freedom  It’s a trip down memory lane with lots of inspirational music dedicated to the military.  NEO includes words from General MacArthur in his post, including these:

“…I do not know the dignity of their birth, but I do know the glory of their death. They died unquestioning, uncomplaining, with faith in their hearts, and on their lips the hope that we would go on to victory. Always for them: Duty, Honor, Country. Always their blood, and sweat, and tears, as they saw the way and the light.

…Their resolute and determined defense, their swift and sure attack, their indomitable purpose, their complete and decisive victory – always victory, always through the bloody haze of their last reverberating shot, the vision of gaunt, ghastly men, reverently following your password of Duty, Honor, Country.”





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An American patriot who has gone rogue - I will remember in November!

5 responses to “Hump Day Report: What Matters, 11/11/12”

  1. neenergyobserver says :

    Super post, Gilia. many of us are still processing as you say. But the honor of the troops is the touchstone of American, and on this Remembrance Sunday, the Anglosphere as well.

  2. Tom says :

    LSA Anaconda! Back during GWOT when I worked with ProtestWarrior before my enlistment, we had a chapter of members there. They even sent back a picture of one of them, an airman in full battle-rattle, putting a PW bumper sticker on a mural of old Sadaam Hussein. Hmm, “Hussein.”

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