In 1942, in the midst of World War II Eugene Goossens, the director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at the time, decided to do something to help the war effort. He commissioned a number of fanfares from 18 composers, celebrating aspects of the war effort. Goossens even contributed one of his own.
Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man was one of those 18 commissions, though instead of celebrating a country or a part of the military, he honored all people with his contribution.
Goossens: Fanfare for the Merchant Marine
Creston: Fanfare for Paratroopers
Hanson: Fanfare for the Signal Corps
Thomson: Fanfare for France
Cowell: Fanfare to Forces of Latin Allies
Taylor: Fanfare for Russia
Harris: Fanfare for the Forces
Gould: Fanfare for Freedom
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man