Today in History…Julia Ward Howe writes the lyrics to ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’ in 1861

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on…

A song that has been sung over and over again in our Nations history and is truly timeless.  I remember as a child singing these words with my small hand over my heart while gazing at the American flag.  It has always been my favorite patriotic song – the words are so meaningful and beautiful.

In later years, the words to the song had a stronger meaning to me when I was at the Pentagon a week after the horrific day on September 11, 2001.  I attended a ceremony with thousands of others, as we all gathered to try to make sense of what had transpired the week before and to mourn our fallen comrades.  President and Mrs. George W. Bush were on the stage during the ceremony when this song was played and all began to sing the words, “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord…”  and I will never forget the looks of sorrow and anguish on President and Mrs. Bush’s faces and how the tears streamed like waterfalls down their cheeks. This is something that I will never forget for the rest of my life and I felt that the words were relevant on that day as it was back in 1861 when Julia Ward Howe penned the famous lyrics.

Let’s just take a moment out of our day today and be thankful for our Republic – which is still marching on.  Regardless of what transpires in the world and within our own borders – we should cherish our country and one another and always remember the lyrics to this song that was penned many years ago by the wonderful Julia Ward Howe.

Listen to the song here:

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