How to Cite the National Anthem?

Answer Citing the United States' National Anthem requires the same steps as any other song. Referencing "The Star Spangled Banner" may be slightly easier, however, because of its immense popularity in the... Read More »

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When US national anthem and another foreign national anthem being played on US soil at a foreign cultural gathering does US anthem take precedence and it has to be played first?

Typically the National Anthem is played first; however, the order of foreign anthems being played can vary depending on the protocol of the event.

What does the U.S. national anthem mean?

The U.S. national anthem is "The Star-Spangled Banner." President Woodrow Wilson ordered it be played at both military and naval occasions in 1916. It was not until 1931 that an act of Congress des... Read More »

What is the name of India's national anthem?

The name of India's national anthem is "Jana-gana-mana." It was written by the poet Rabindranath Tagore. Consisting of five stanzas, it became the national anthem in 1950. Tagore also translated th... Read More »

When was the national anthem first written?

Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the national anthem while aboard a British vessel during the shelling of Fort McHenry on September 13, 1814. The words were set to the British song "To Anacreon... Read More »