stories from the book
by James V. Browning
My Heart Swelled with Pride
It was July 20th, 1969.
We had returned from church on Sunday night, eager to get the television turned on and watch Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they land their spaceship and take their first walk on the moon. Fifteen boys, all of them 10, 11, and 12 years old, sat quietly watching, not wanting to miss a thing.
The two astronauts carefully stepped down and after several maneuvers finally finished the task of placing the American flag on the moon. Through the quietness of that momemt someone said, "We should salute the flag." Not another word was spoken, but simultaneously 15 boys rose to their feet and stood at attention with hands over their hearts and pleged their allegiance to the flag and our country. As the last words faded away, one happy little white-haired boy broke out singing the first lines of our national anthem.
My heart swelled with pride! How thankful I am that God let me be there in that room with those boys at that moment.
Former housemother for 14 years
Baptist Children's Home, Oklahoma City