If you look closely at the picture, you will note that all the Marines pictured are bowing their heads. That's because they're praying. The incident took place at a recent ceremony honoring the birthday of the corps, and it has the ACLU up in arms. "These are federal employees," says Lucius Traveler, a spokesman for the ACLU, "on federal property and on federal time. For them to pray is clearly an establishment of religion, and we must nip this in the bud immediately." When asked about the ACLU's charges, Colonel Jack Fessender, speaking for the Commandant of the Corps said (cleaned up a bit), "Screw the ACLU."  The ACLU has every right not to join the Marines, but they don't have the right to tell them they (we) can't pray-- on federal property or anywhere else!

"The Marine Corps Hymn" - Words       "The Marine Corps Hymn". The copy is dated 1942 and is part of the "Star Spangled Music" patriotic song book released during World War II for our Army Band - More commonly known today as the Marines' Hymn

"The U. S. Marine Corps. Hymn" arrangement by Lari/Tan Recording Studio. Used with permission. 

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From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job--
The United States Marines.

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.

In 1929 The Marines’ Hymn became the official hymn of the Corps.

Copyright ownership of the Marines’ Hymn was vested in the United States Marine Corps

per certificate of registration dated August 19, 1991

but is now in the public domain.


Many interesting stories have been associated with the Marines' Hymn.

 One of the best was published in the Stars and Stripes,

the official newspaper of the AEF, under date of August 16, 1918.

“A wounded officer from among the gallant French lancers

had just been carried into a Yankee field hospital to have his dressing changed.

He was full of compliments and curiosity

about the dashing contingent that fought at his regiment's left.

 ‘A lot of them are mounted troops by this time,’ he explained,

 ‘for when our men would be shot from their horses,

these youngsters would give one running jump and gallop ahead as cavalry.

I believe they are soldiers from Montezuma.

At least, when they advanced this morning,

they were all singing "From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli.’”

-Author unknown

The Marines’ Hymn has been sung and played in all of the four corners of the earth

and today is recognized as one of the foremost service songs.

Pray for America - Land of the Free and Home of the Brave!   Back to God Bless Our Troops!

The U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Air Force all have their own “songs,”

“Anchors Aweigh,” 'Anchors Aweigh' music  “The Caisson Song,” and “Off We Go into the Wild Blue Yonder"

but the Marines have their “Hymn!”

Sir Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister, 

became an ardent admirer of the U.S. Marine Corps. 

In the company of guests of state, 

he often demonstrated his respect for U.S. Marines 

by reciting, from memory, 

all three verses of The Marines’ Hymn.



Sir Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister, became an ardent admirer of the U.S. Marine Corps. 



For the U.S. Navy, “Anchors Aweigh”  'Anchors Aweigh' music  was written in 1906 

by Lt. Charles Zimmerman and midshipman Alfred Miles. 

Initially the song was a tribute to the Naval Academy Class of 1907.

 (The words don't make much sense.)
The United States Navy
The U.S. Army adopted a snazzy tune for “The Caisson Song.”   info

The U.S. Air Force did not exist in 1938.  

But, that year Liberty Magazine sponsored a contest for an official song for the Army Air Corps.

After World War II the Army Air Corps evolved into the U.S. Air Force. 

This fledgling flying club adopted Off We Go’ as their official song:

Robert Crawford, “Off We Go into the Wild Blue Yonder.” music


And Let's not forget the Coast Guard! 

The United States Coast Guard


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