Today’s Sousa march is the one that so aptly fits Independence Day, The Stars & Stripes Forever. It was written on Christmas Day, 1896, first performed near Philadelphia on May 14, 1897, and following an Act of Congress in 1987, it was officially adopted as the national march of the United States of America. Whenever I hear it, it almost makes my heart burst with pride!
The most touching tribute to our flag and our country that I think I ever saw was at Buckingham Palace in London on 9/11/01, when they played our National Anthem. Just think of that – British military playing a song that commemorates a battle that they lost as a tribute to a sister country.
I just read that this is the only time that another country’s national anthem has been played outside Buckingham Palace, apart from during state visits. Her Majesty the Queen personally authorized the Guards to break protocol and play this, to give some comfort to Americans stranded in London due to airport closures.