National Anthem protocol

Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo played the national anthems of both Germany and the United States on November 9, 2007 due to Veterans’ Day celebration last weekend. 

The following is some information on what American should do when the national anthems of other nations are played on military bases.

According to AFI 34-1201  – 2.17.3, during the playing of national anthems of friendly nations, military members and civilians should render the same customs and courtesies as those given during the playing of the United States National Anthem. The performance of the national anthem of any foreign country will be followed, without pause, by playing the National Anthem of the United States. When two or more foreign national anthems are played, the United States National Anthem is performed last.

3 thoughts on “National Anthem protocol

  1. Is there specific protocol as to when the National Anthem is performed? I am putting together a program, and am trying to determine whether it is OK to have the National Anthem performed after the first segment of the program, i.e. 10 minutes into the session. Is this OK or should the Anthem always be performed as the first item on the agenda? Thanks!

  2. Thomas, good question. I added a link to the AFI in my post.

    It is a 91-page protocol from the Secretary of the Air Force. The information you want is on page 20.


  3. Thank you for your information. Can you direct me to the Official location where it states that the United States National Anthem is performed last after other national anthems, while on U.S. soil.

    I believe you, I just need to know where I can officially find it.

    Thank you
    Thomas W. Anderson

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