Just in time for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the Naval Academy's Glee Club assembled to sing a beautiful tribute to those who gave it all to defend the Hawaiian naval base in 1941 from a Japanese surprise attack. Over 2,300 lives were lost in that attack on that "day that will live in infamy."
So, on the 75th anniversary of that fateful day, the USNA's music department decided to sing "Eternal Father," in their honor.
"Eternal Father" is significant to the navy, as this song is considered the branch's hymn. It was written originally as a poem in 1810 by William Whiting, and composed in 1861 by Reverend John Bacchus Dykes. They hymn was a favorite of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and was sung at his funeral in 1945, as well as John F. Kennedy's funeral in 1963.