It apparently was a combination of music from the soundtrack of the movie We Were Soldiers with a hymn written for the end credits of that movie, “The Mansions of the Lord”. The whole thing was beautifully played by the US Marine Chamber Orchestra. (Who have wonderful dress uniforms, btw.) Here’s the lyrics, written by Randall Wallace (who also wrote the movie):
To fallen soldiers let us sing,
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing.
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord.
No more weeping, no more fight,
No friends bleeding through the night.
Just divine embrace, eternal light,
In the Mansions of the Lord.
Where no mothers cry and no children weep,
We shall stand and guard though the angels sleep,
Oh, through the ages let us keep
The Mansions of the Lord.
I’ve long predicted that soundtrack composers are the great composers of our time. This is not only a nod to Reagan’s home industry; it’s an indication that other people have realized the same thing.