Discussion "Dixie" or "Battle Hymn of the Republic," which do you like better?


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thomas aagaard

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That is one of the coolest things I've ever seen.
The guard company at a tattoo in july 2008. -
First part is a good show.



The last part still bring tears to my eyes when I watch it.

At the end two squads of infantry in modern gear enter the stage. Both missing one man.
(so basically a infantry version of the missing man formation)
They had just gotten home from a deployment to Afghanistan.


Denmark lost 43 soldiers and a bit more than 200 soldiers where wounded during the war, most of them in 2008-2010,
the Highest per capita loss of any ISAF country...

And with the small size of the army, anyone in service back then, was pretty much sure to know someone who was killed or wounded.
 

unionblue

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"I have always thought "Dixie" one of the best tunes I ever heard. Our adversaries over the way attempted to appropriate it, but I insisted yesterday that we fairly captured it. I presented the question to the Attorney General and he gave it as his legal opinion that it was now our lawful prize."

-- President Lincoln made these remarks on April 11, 1865, from the White House balcony to some 3,000 people celebrating the end of the war. He then requested the band to play "Dixie."

--Interesting side note: Lincoln had used the tune with different words for his 1860 presidential campaign:

"At Chicago they selected Lincoln who will be elected.

Abraham, Abraham, Abraham."
 

Texas Johnny

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Dixie, of course. (see my name)

We sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic with great vigor in my childhood Methodist Church. I don't think many saw the non-spiritual meaning behind the lyrics. I soon found out the history of the song and decided it wasn't appropriate for church worship and especially not something a pure Southerner should sing. So I hold my tongue when that song comes on.
I am also a Methodist, and if the Battle Hymn is sung (usually around 4th of July/Memorial Day/Veterans Day) in the worship service at our church, I will simply get up and quietly and respectfully leave the sanctuary until it is over and then return. Usually the pastor will notice and I will later explain, but I keep having to educate new pastors as we get a new one every few years. IMHO, not a song for Southerners to sing.
 


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