From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land, and sea…
The “Marines’ Hymn” is the official hymn of the United States Marine Corps, introduced by the first Director of USMC Band, Francesco Maria Scala. It is the oldest official song in the United States Armed Forces.
The “Marines’ Hymn” is typically sung at the position of attention as a gesture of respect.
Some lyrics were popular phrases before the song was written. While the lyrics are said to date from the 19th century, no pre-20th century text is known. The author of the lyrics is likewise unknown.
Legend has it that a Marine on duty in Mexico penned the hymn. The unknown author transposed the phrases in the motto on the Colors so that the first two lines of the Hymn favored euphony over chronology.
The rousing Marines’ Hymn scores this beautiful video tribute to The Few. The Proud. The Marines.Whizzco