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Playlist of Patriotism - a Tempo of our American Spirit

July 4, 2022
John Hairston
John Hairston

We in the Gulf South love music, especially patriotic music, because the melodies and lyrics echo our collective heritage and our consummate love for our country. For us, there’s no better time than the Fourth of July to bring out the best in celebration and song.

We fire up our grills and cool off our feet. We do picnics and park concerts, boat trips and beach bashes, front porch parties and backyard barbeques, hometown festivals and grand-finale fireworks.

The Nation’s patriotic music—a rich mashup of deep history, diverse cultures, and different experiences—strikes chords in our heads and our hearts. It motivates us, moves us to emotions, and makes us proud of who we are and where we live.

RPM Flag-Edited-CROPWritten in the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key’s “Star-Spangled Banner” became the official anthem for U.S. military ceremonies in 1916 and America’s national anthem in 1931.


Whether poems put to anthems, old-fashioned favorites, sacred songs we sing to praise, or hit singles we sing to ourselves, America’s patriotic music salutes our democracy and honors our defenders. It’s the red, white, and blue tempo of our distinctly American spirit.

As we make this Independence Day special with the people important to us, let’s enjoy the literal and figurative music that accompanies our American way of life. Enjoy that patriotic rhapsody of people, places, and traditions across the region and country we call home. Include others when we can and while we can. Thank active duty military and veterans for keeping us safe.

Remember with gratitude the liberties living in America the Beautiful affords and the responsibilities we all bear to keep America on key. While we all are free to sing our own songs, a strong chorus—and a strong country—depends on many different voices coming together in harmony. After all, we are the United States.

A Star-Spangled Fourth

Our board of directors, executive management, and associates thank the people and communities we serve for the privilege to grow as a strong American company. This Fourth of July, we at Hancock Whitney hope you and those you care about stay safe, have fun, and enjoy the music that makes us America.

May God bless you all, and may God Bless America.