Hank Boerner
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Boerner's Corner - The Spirit of America Update - (12/17/07 - 2) Arlington at Christmas

June 12, 2008 post

"Battle Hymn of the Republic" Like You've Never Heard it Before

The text of the well-known "Battle Hymn of the Republic" was created at the Willard Hotel in Washington DC in November 1861, in the first year of the terrible War Between the State (our Civil War) by Julia Ward Howell. The words, assembled in one night. were published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862. The music was written a few years earlier. Mrs. Howe was an ardent anti-slavery activist (wife of Samuel Gridley Howe, a scholar).

"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord" - how many times did we hear that from the speeches of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During World War II bandleader Fred Waring revived the song for Americans involved in the "total war effort." (See Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Hymn_of_the_Republic#History

Here is a stirring presentation: the US Army Band and Chorus welcomed Pope Benedict XVI at the White House Rose Garden ceremony on 15 April 2008, and one of the fathers present recorded it, added some graphic enhancements to the recording, and posted it on the Web. Words and music - patriotism is not "dead" in our public schools -- this should send shivers down your spine.

This arrangement is by four high school choirs plus a kid's choir or elementary school children. First you will hear the little ones, then the high schoolers while a small band accompanies. Glory, Glory, Halleluiha! This is a great nation. God Bless America.

Link: http://www.greatdanepromilitary.com/Battle%20Hymn/index.htm

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