Boys Jump On Trampoline, Then They Hear A Noise That Makes Them Freeze In Place
Kristin Danley 4/21/2017
When Tania Duenas Sweeney glanced out her back window to check on her son and his friends who were bouncing on the trampoline, she caught her breath. She couldn't believe what she was seeing, so quickly rushed outside.
Suddenly, they had all stopped bouncing and turned toward a sound they had heard. Tania silently approached the group, so she didn't disturb them. Then she snapped a photo that is going viral...
Tania and her family are stationed at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Every weekday, at the end of the workday is heralded by the playing of both Germany's and the United State's national anthems at 5 p.m.
Adults who hear this are to stop and face a visible flag or turn in the direction of the sound from where the anthems are playing.
This time, a trampoline full of energetic boys instantly halted what they were doing to show respect for the national anthems. It was a moment of pride for Tania, to know that this honorable gesture had been instilled in her son and his friends.
"I love that these boys stop whatever they are doing and show their respect to our current country and the good ole USA! We love this neighborhood. - at Ramstein Air Base."
In fact, every activity or movement will stop on the base when the anthems are played. Even vehicles will stop and turn on their hazards to show respect, the mom said.
Tania spoke of how this tradition is even incorporated into her son's extra-curricular activity:
"My son has baseball practice that starts at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday on base. Coaches ask kids to get there at 4:45, because of the anthem. The kids are to get settled and be ready/and start before the anthems play, because the practice will stop and all hats are off."
Tania said that the gesture of honor for the flag, the national anthem and the respect paid to the military and the two countries is appreciated by non-military friends and family, too. Pausing and placing your hand over your heart during the playing of the national anthem is one act that hasn't been dismissed by most Americans.
"All friends and family, military or not, appreciate that the base/people as a whole take the time to respect our military forces. Society as a whole continues to change and this tradition is one that still remains."
What this group of boys did also shows how they're being raised. Military families are indeed special. They sometimes face separations from parents when serving overseas, even suffering hurt and pain through the loss of a loved one in action, Tania noted.
"These military kids sacrifice so much to support their military parent and it becomes part of who they are. They endure extended periods of time without their military parent and mature a little more quickly than the average kid. They feel pride in their country and it is amplified living on base and especially in an overseas location.
I am so proud of every boy in that picture, especially because no one made those kids show respect. They did it because they truly respect the USA."
What makes this photo even more special is that April is Month of the Military Child, a designation that began in 1986. Currently, more than two million children have either one or both parents serving in the United States Armed Forces who are on active duty or are a guard or reserve member.
More than half of those military children are minors. We send many thanks to our military and their families for serving our country!
Sources: Independent Journal Review, Facebook/Tania Duenas Sweeney