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Thursday, April 1, 2010

E-Mail From a Gold Star Mother

I received this in an email from a friend today. Her name is Donna and her son Dennis J. Veater was killed a week or so shy of coming home to plan his wedding. He was killed in Iraq another name, another added to that horrible list. But to those of us that know the cost of freedom he is more than that to us all, and even more so to the family he left behind. Dennis was KIA March 9, 2007. He left behind a son and a very large family including a twin brother. We knew the Veaters from Okinawa, I worked with Donna and her husband was a SgtMaj. now retired. Anyhow this is something she sent me today and I wanted to share it.

The Music Stopped
> (For those who are unaware: At all military base theaters, the National
> Anthem is played before the movie begins.)
>
> This is written 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 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 1000 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 of Baghdad
>
> Please share only if you are so inclined.

8 comments:

Julie the Army Wife said...

That is lovely!

USMCWIFE said...

Thank you Julie..I thought so too. Hope you are feeling ok!

TheAlbrechtSquad said...

Beautiful...thank you for sharing. Going to save this for a Freedom Friday :)

USMCWIFE said...

You go right ahead, I am a blogging fool today..good for my stress. It is a great email, thought you would all like it.

Mandy said...

That is a wonderful email. Thanks for sharing!!!

Paula said...

Beautiful. It made me cry.

HellcatBetty said...

Oh I love that! Made me tear up a bit. I may steal it if that's okay :)

USMCWIFE said...

Anyone that would like to share this on their own blog feel free to do so, it's a fantastic story.