May 14th 1897

220px-Stars_and_Stripes_Forever_1First published in 1897. Written on Christmas day, 1896. Composer John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever is a patriotic American march widely considered to be the finest work of composer John Philip Sousa. In fact, the march received the great honor of being selected by an act of Congress as the National March of the United States of America in 1987.

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