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The most beautiful song, Nov. 21, 2012

By Retired Gen. Steve Lorenz
U.S. Air Force Academy Endowment

By all measures, it was a typical football game day at Falcon Stadium. Many people were tailgating, there was a slight chill in the air, the sky was a brilliant bright blue, and the crowd was excited as the game time approached. With great precision, the Cadet Wing had marched into the stadium. With great fanfare, the Wings of Blue parachute team had jumped onto the football field, and the flyover by several Air Force aircraft had created much excitement.

As the cadet band began to play our national anthem, the audience around us rose up to show respect for our flag and the music Francis Scott Key wrote 200 years ago. In unison, we placed our right hands over our hearts to show the proper respect as the Star Spangled Banner was played.

As the ceremony began, the entire stadium went silent as they turned to face the American flag and listen to the music. It was then that I heard what initially sounded like a person yelling at the top of his lungs and making loud, incoherent sounds. I did not know what it was, but my initial reaction was one of disbelief and irritation that this person could be so insensitive and disrespectful while an entire stadium full of people were saluting our nation’s flag.


But as I listened closely to this disruptive sound, I began to make out what appeared to be words. I could not understand every word, but every third or fourth word seemed to fit into the melody of our national anthem. Someone, in his own painful way, was singing the Star Spangled Banner.

I looked where the sounds were coming from. In front of me was the ramp reserved for handicapped fans, and there he was. A young man was sitting in a wheelchair, in an Air Force T-shirt, with an Air Force baseball cap perched on his head. He was swaying back and forth to the sounds of the music despite suffering from the obvious physical effects of a serious long term debilitating illness.

As I listened more carefully, I could make out more and more of the words he was singing. This handicapped Air Force Academy football fan had a huge smile on his face as he sang with great gusto our national anthem.

My initial irritation immediately turned to great pride as I watched this young man sing his heart out. Tears welled up in my eyes as I listened to the finest rendition of the Star Spangled Banner I had ever heard. This young man touched my heart and the hearts of everyone around him who really heard what he was singing. I walked up to 31 year old Kenny Frith, who was born with cerebral palsy, and thanked him for reminding me what really is important. I told him I would never forget him or his singing of our national anthem.

Week in Photos, April 27, 2012

Staff Sgt. Delia Marchick

Air Force Public Affairs Agency

This week the Air Force captured photos of some of our Airmen doing great things across the globe. What do you think of this photo? View the rest of the week in photos here

 

 

GRAF IGNATIEVO AIR FORCE BASE, Bulgaria — A United States Air Force, 31st Fighter Wing F-16 pilot prepares his jet for de-arming after landing here April 17, 2012. Graf Ignatievo is now host to more than two dozen F-16 Fighting Falcons and more than 500 U.S. Air Force personnel in support of Thracian Star 2012, a month-long joint training exercise focused on building partnerships and increasing interoperability with the Bulgarian pilots, maintainers, joint terminal air controllers, firefighters and security forces Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)

Falcons vs. Black Knights

By Airman 1st Class Westin Warburton
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

In a battle for the Commander in Chief’s Trophy, the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons duked it out against the U.S. Army Black Knights, Nov. 5, 2011. It was a gut-wrenching first half for Falcon fans, as the Knights took an early lead. But when the second half came around, the Falcons¬†were a team possesed. With the determination to win their second consecutive Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, the Falcons soared to a 24-14 victory over the Knights. Check out some great photos from the game here,¬†and let us know which ones you like the best!

Photo: Air Force Academy Falcons wide receiver Zach Kauth snatches a Tim Jefferson pass during the Air Force-Army game at Falcon Stadium, Nov. 5, 2011. The Kauth catch could be considered the turning point in the game as the Falcons were down 14-0 at that point in the second half. The Falcons scored 21 points in the third quarter en route to a 24-14 victory over the Black Knights and their second consecutive Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Raymond Hoy)