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Star Spangled Banner, The (Veterans Day)

Words by Francis Scott Key, 1814, music by John Stafford Smith based on an old British hymn, "Anacreon." America's official national anthem since 1931.

Stars & Stripes Forever, The (Veterans Day)

Words & Music by John Phillip Sousa, first performed May 14, 1897 at Willow Grove Park in suburban Philadelphia. Perhaps the March King's most famous march.

Taps (Veterans Day)

Melody derived from basic harmonics (1st/3rd/5th/8th) of the scale, the only notes playable on a bugle; words by Horace Lorenzo Trim, Also known as "Butterfield's Lullaby" after the Civil War General responsible for first commanding its use for a military funeral in 1862. Its title is derived from the traditional 3 Drum Taps signaling "Lights Out." Official use by the U.S. Army since 1874, standard military funeral dirge since 1891.

Tenting On The Old Camp Ground (Veterans Day)

Words & music by Union Army veteran Walter Kittredge, 1863. Sung by both sides during the American Civil War, now a universal ode to soldiers soberly contemplating the quiet before battle.

There's A Long, Long Trail (Veterans Day)

WWI standard written in 1914 by two Yale undergrads: music by Alonzo "Zo" Elliott(1889-1964), lyrics by Stoddard King(1891-1933).

Washington's Farewell Address, 1796 (Veterans Day)

A letter from President George Washington(1732-1799) to "The People of the United States of America," declining a third term and presciently warning them of the political dangers that lay ahead for a nation uniquely dedicated to the freedom of the individual. Music: "Yankee Doodle," the unchallenged anthem of the Revolutionary War, the "Spirit of '76." (See Holidays/Independence Day).