The commandant of the Marine Corps formally adopted the words to "The Marines' Hymn" in 1929. The words say that the Marines fight for the United States both on land and on sea. The verses say that the Army and Navy can find the Marines guarding the streets of heaven.
Likewise, "Eternal Father Strong to Save" includes a prayer for marines to find courage, honor and strength. The hymn prays for marines to fulfill God's law. The words ask for God's protection over the marines. The song ends with a prayer for peace.
Julia Ward Howe wrote the commonly known lyrics to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" after watching troops march into battle in the U.S. Civil War. Both Union and Confederate soldiers sang versions of the song during the Civil War. The words include reference to seeing God's glory and knowing that God's truth marches on throughout the battles.Learn more about Military