Men of Harlech message to nations school children

September 7, 2009

Remember that whatever the odds and however much you may be surrounded, you can achieve victory.  Admiral Nelson and Robert E. Lee expect that every boy and girl will do his duty.  Let your classmates say that they saw you standing like a stonewall.

Men of Harlech” or “The March of the Men of Harlech” (in Welsh: Rhyfelgyrch Gwŷr Harlech) is a song and military march which is traditionally said to describe events during the seven year long siege of Harlech Castle between 1461 and 1468.[1] Commanded by Constable Dafydd ap Ieuan, the garrison held out in what is the longest known siege in the history of the British Isles.[2] “Through Seven Years” is an alternate name for the song.[3] Now some associate the song with the earlier shorter siege of Harlech Castle around 1408, which pitted the forces of Owain Glyndŵr against the future Henry V of England.”[citation needed]

“Men of Harlech” occupies an important place in Welsh national culture. It is the regimental march of several regiments historically associated with Wales. The Royal Welsh (UK), the Royal Canadian Hussars (Montreal) and the Governor General’s Horse Guards, Canadian Forces are three examples. It is also the regimental march for two Australian Army Reserve units, the 8th/7th Battalion of The Royal Victoria Regiment and Sydney University Regiment where it is played as a quick march.[4]

(Interesting reconciliation between Welsh and English)

The tune is used for the alma mater song of Georgetown University, Hartwick College, and of Pine-Richland school district in Pennsylvania. It is also the theme song to Cumberland High School, Sydney, Australia, Sydney Girls High School, Sydney, Australia, Sydney Technical High School, Bexley, Australia, St. Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, Brisbane, Australia, Tantasqua Regional High School and Hoosac Valley High School in Massachusetts, USA, Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., USA, King’s College, Hong Kong and The Mackay School in Viña del Mar, Chile. Adapted versions are sung by the fans of Celtic Crusaders Rugby League Club, Cardiff City F.C. and Wrexham F.C.

(So its already used at US high schools.)

==Woodrow Wilson High School DC

Alma Mater
To the tune or “Men of Harlech”
Youth of Wilson, still undaunted
Banners to the sky are flaunted.
Daring hearts and hands are wanted
Onward! Seek the light.
Youth of Wilson, never yielding,
Swords of truth and courage wielding,
Name of honor ever shielding,
Battle for the right.
Tear the false asunder,
Trample error under,
Let valor fly in all the sky,
And virtue speak in thunder.
Youth of Wilson, school of glory
Make her name live on in story,
Let the echoes ring back bravely:
Dear old Wilson High


“Men of Harlech”

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Version recorded in Church at Rorke’s Drift

This setting reinforces its hymnal sound, already evident in the above linked version, which was chosen among several for that reason.  The strong hymnal sound of both versions is likely indicative of how it may have been sung at the actual station in the 19th century.  It is a reminder of the sacred nature of each of our lives and the importance of not wasting them individually, collectively, or civilationally.  We each have a sacred duty to maintain ourselves, our family, our nation, and our civilization.


2 Responses to “Men of Harlech message to nations school children”

  1. Kirk Says:

    Old Atlantic,

    Thanks for being a beacon of hope for old America the way it used to be.

    I remember my grandfather, a humble, tough farmer; really a mans man. Nothing really ever got him down. He knew the sacrifices his grandfathers made to settle the Dakotas; he was born in South Dakota. He teared up with me about a week before he died. He said he was sorry the way the country was going and told me to be strong and to fight for all that it stood for. Me being boneheaded it took along time for that brilliant no phd needing piece of advice to sink in. I’m glad it did and I hope others are seeing the light before it is too late.

    Remain tough and inspiring in your writing and I do appreciate the writings you put forth daily. Also what ever happened to VAs blog? Did they shut it down? Or did she get tired? It’s a bummer when good stuff disappears.


  2. Old Atlantic Says:

    She got tired. Your story is very moving and inspiring. Thanks.

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