Tania Duenas Sweeney shared a seemingly normal photo of her son and their friends on Facebook. They were all standing on a trampoline, looking one way. It seemed completely ordinary until she added an explanation.
She wrote, “It’s 5 o’clock (m-f)… national anthems play (German and American). 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.”
On Ramstein Air Base in Germany, the end of the work day is always signified with the German and United States anthem. At 5 pm every day, everyone walking, working or relaxing stops what they are doing to pay their respects. She added, “If you are outside you must stop what you are doing and face the direction of the anthems or a visible flag. Everything stops on base…adults, kids, all vehicles will turn on hazards and stop traffic to show respect.”
Her heart was warmed when she saw the young boys in the neighborhood wanted to honor the tradition without being told to do so. She said, “I love that our boys know now and do it automatically. I was doing dishes in the house and looked out the window to see them at attention. It warmed my heart.
[As an example]: my son has baseball practice that starts at 5 pm on Tues and Thursday on base. Coaches ask kids to get there at 4:45, because of the anthem. The kids to get settled and be ready/and start before the anthems play, because the practice will stop and all hats off.”
She said the group of youngsters are the only ones making a positive impact on the community, “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.”
Source: Independent Journal Review