Virgin Islands March

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Virgin Islands March
U.S. Virgin Islands territorial anthem.png

Regional anthem of the  U.S. Virgin Islands
MusicSam Williams and Alton Adams, 1920s
Adopted1963; 56 years ago (1963)
Audio sample
"Virgin Islands March" (instrumental)

The "Virgin Islands March" is the regional anthem of the United States Virgin Islands.


The "Virgin Islands March" played instrumentally without the introductory section.

The song was composed by Sam Williams and U.S. Virgin Island native Alton Adams in the 1920s.[1][2] It served as an unofficial regional anthem of the U.S. Virgin Islands until 1963 when it was officially recognized by Legislative Act.[3] The song itself is a brisk martial march, consisting of an introductory instrumental section followed by a very cheerful melody.[4] On most occasions the first verse followed by the last verse are sung.[5]

Since the U.S. Virgin Islands is a U.S. insular territory, the national anthem is still "The Star-Spangled Banner".


The Guardian reporter Alex Marshall compared it favorably to other national anthems, suggesting that it was reminiscent of the music of the Disney film Mary Poppins.[4]


All hail the Virgin Islands.
Em'ralds of the sea,
Where beaches bright with coral sand
And trade winds bless our native land.
All hail the Virgin Islands,
Bathe in waters blue,
We give our loyalty,
Full to thee,
And pledge allegiance forever true.
To thee our Virgin Islands,
Loving voices raise
A song in praise of brotherhood,
Where right makes might to fight for good.
To thee our Virgin Islands,
Haven of the free,
We sing our love to thee,
Our own fair islands of liberty.
March on oh Virgin Islands,
In the joyful throng,
Uphold the right and right the wrong
Where only peace and love belong.
March on oh Virgin Islands,
Democratic land.
Together hand in hand,
Take your stand,
Forever soldiers in freedom's band.
God bless our Virgin Islands,
Humbly now we pray,
Where all mankind can join today
In friendly warmth of work and play.
God bless our Virgin Islands,
Beautiful and tall.
Beneath a sunny sky,
Hilltops high
Hold out a welcome for one and all.


  1. ^ "U.S. Virgin Islands". 7 May 2013.
  2. ^ "The Virgin Islands March". Virgin Islands Air National Guard. Archived from the original on 10 March 2005. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Virgin Islands (U. S.) -". 2 January 2007. Archived from the original on 2 January 2007.
  4. ^ a b Marshall, Alex (11 August 2008). "And the winning anthem is ..." The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  5. ^ Music is Love Anthems (10 February 2017). "US Virgin Islands Anthem VIRGIN ISLANDS MARCH with music, vocal and lyrics" – via YouTube.

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