I love going to patriotic music concerts. The best part is when the band breaks into the the military service branch songs medley and the band leader asks members of the audience to stand when their song is played. The rythmic clapping and singing, punctuated by loud applause as each groups stands is always a touching moment as reluctant, but proud, heroes accept the undying gratitude of their countrymen. A grateful commonwealth and country appreciates Virginia's and America's veterans!
Armed Forces Medley Performed by the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldier's Chorus
(Navy) Anchor's aweigh, my boys, anchor's aweigh, Farewell to college joys, we sail at break of day Through our last night on shore, Drink to the foam until we meet once more, here's wishing you a happy voyage home!
(Air Force) Off we go into the wild blue yonder, Climbing high into the sun; Here they come zooming to meet our thunder, At 'em boys, Give 'er the gun! Down we dive, spouting our flame from under, Off with one helluva roar! We live in fame or die in flame Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force
(Marines) From the Halls of Montezuma To the shores of Tripoli, We fight our country's battles in the air, on land, and sea! First to fight for right and freedom, And to keep our honor clean, We are proud to claim the title Of United States Marine.
(Coast Guard) So here's the Coast Guard marching song, We sing on land or sea. Through surf and storm and howling gale, High shall our purpose be. "Semper Paratus" is our guide, Our fame, our glory too. To fight to save or fight to die, Aye! Coast Guard, we are for you!
(Army) First to fight for the right, And to build the Nation's might, And The Army Goes Rolling Along Proud of all we have done, Fighting till the battles won, And the Army Goes Rolling Along Then it's Hi! Hi! Hey! The Army's on its way. Count off the cadence loud and strong For where e'er we go, You will always know That The Army Goes Rolling Along.