In 1929 The Marines’ Hymn became the official hymn of the Corps. Thirteen years later in November 1942 the Commandant approved a change in the words of the first verse, fourth line. Because of the increasing use of aircraft in the Corps, the words were changed to “In the air, on land, and sea.” No other changes have been made since that time.
From the Halls of Montezuma,
Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze,
Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Sir Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister, became an ardent admirer of the U.S. Marine Corps. In the company of guests of state, he often demonstrated his respect for U.S. Marines by reciting, from memory, all three verses of The Marines’ Hymn.
We are just back from traveling to the Marine Graduation Ceremony at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island South Carolina. I realize this isn’t my typical Sunday Morning Hymn honoring our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ but it fits into our life context this weekend. I’ll be posting more photos from our time in South Carolina soon and my usual Sunday Hymns will commence at 0400 next Sunday. Thank you for your understanding.