The Stars and Stripes Forever

Jul 10, 2014

John Philip Sousa composed The Stars and Stripes Forever on Christmas Day, 1896, and through an act of Congress in 1987 it was made the official National March of the United States.

We hear it at so many patriotic gatherings, and enjoy it greatly.

But did you know it actually has words? It ends: “The red and white and starry blue is freedom’s shield and hope.”