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Tradition holds that the words to the Marines' Hymn were written by a Marine serving in Mexico. In truth, the author of the words remains unknown. Its origins notwithstanding, the hymn saw widespread use by the mid-1800's. Copyright ownership of the hymn was given to the Marine Corps per certificate of registration dated August 19, 1891. In 1929, it became the official hymn of the United States Marine Corps. Shortly after World War II, Marines began to stand at attention during the playing…

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