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article imageUS Soldiers take over National Anthem

By wiccania     Aug 17, 2007 in Lifestyle
U.S. Army Chaplain (Major) Jim Higgins has been inspired to move to Colorado by an inspiring and moving moment involving the National Anthem and several hundred soldiers before a movie.
This article will consist mostly of quotes from the Denver 7 article as I simply can't put this in my own words and convey the same feeling of national pride that it conveys.
Earlier this summer several hundred American soldiers at Balad Air Base in Iraq were given a brief reprieve from duty to watch “Spider-Man 3.”
The soldiers, including many from the 2nd-135 General Support Aviation Battalion out of Buckley Air Force Base were called to attention before the movie and, following military custom, a recorded version of the National Anthem played over the loudspeakers.
On the movie screen was an image of the American flag blowing in the wind.
U.S. Army Chaplain (Major) Jim Higgins was at attention with hundreds of fellow soldiers when the Star-Spangled Banner abruptly cut off.
“I thought at first, we’ll just go ahead and sit down and watch the movie,“ Higgins told 7NEWS in a telephone interview.
But, according to Higgins, not one soldier in the Sustainer Theater moved.
A few moments passed and the recording of the National Anthem restarted, albeit from the beginning.
The anthem cut off a second time and then a third.
“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, singing:
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.”
“They sang it and they sang with gusto. It’s one of those things that makes your heart feel good,“ Higgins told 7NEWS.
As mentioned, the playing of the Anthem is standard procedure. As a matter of fact, I remember the same thing at movie theaters on the military bases of my childhood. Looking around, you could always tell who the dependents were and who the service members were. While the dependents and guests would stand and look at the screen, the service men and women stood erect, head high, shoulders back gazing at the image of the flag with fierce pride.
The chaplain, who has been in the reserves for 13 years, said he spent six months training with Colorado soldiers before going to Iraq.
He told 7NEWS, “I’m coming to Colorado because those are some great people. If [the soldiers] are indicative of the people of Colorado those are the kind of people I want to spend the rest of my life with.”
I've spent enough time around US Soldiers not to be surprised in the least by this. But I certainly find it inspiring. How many civilians do you know would take it upon themselves to finish the Anthem in this case? Most people would just sit down and enjoy the anticipated movie.
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