A special program of songs and history in Rockville Monday honored veterans and commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Ring House, a senior living community in Rockville, held a sing-along Monday evening to mark Veterans Day and the sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, of the Civil War.
About 85 people attended and sang Civil War-era songs, including “The Yellow Rose of Texas” and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” A group of readers introduced the songs by talking about the Civil War context and the history behind the music from a script by Manny Karbeling.
Listeners learned that “Dixie,” which was played at Jefferson Davis’ inauguration, was written in Ohio, and the tune for the Northern marching songs “John Brown’s Body” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was taken from a hymn that may have been written in Virginia.
Another song from the Civil War era, “Aura Lee,” eventually lent its tune to “Love Me Tender,” which was made famous by U.S. Army veteran Elvis Presley.
To close the program, buglers G.P. “Chip” Stickler and Dean A. Martin from Bugles Across America played Echo Taps.