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  •  It's an American Hymn (10+ / 0-)

    and is not the sole property of the South.

    From Wikipedia:
    "In the years since the Civil War, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" has been used frequently as an American patriotic song.[10]

    This song is usually heard at the national conventions of both the Republican Party and Democratic Party,[citation needed] and is often sung at Presidential inaugurations, including that of President Barack H. Obama whose formal ceremony occurred on January 21, 2013.

    The song was notably played on September 14, 2001 at the Washington National Cathedral and at Saint Paul's Cathedral during memorial services for the victims of the September 11 attacks.

    This was one of Sir Winston Churchill's favorite songs. At his request this song was played at his funeral in St. Paul's Cathedral in 1965.

    The Marine Corps Band performed it when Pope Benedict XVI was greeted on the South Lawn of the White House by President George W. Bush on April 16, 2008.

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