[USC10] 36 USC 301: National anthem
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36 USC 301: National anthem Text contains those laws in effect on January 5, 1999
From Title 36-PATRIOTIC AND NATIONAL OBSERVANCES, CEREMONIES, AND ORGANIZATIONSSubtitle I-Patriotic and National Observances and CeremoniesPart A-Observances and CeremoniesCHAPTER 3-NATIONAL ANTHEM, MOTTO, FLORAL EMBLEM, AND MARCH
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§301. National anthem

(a) Designation.-The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.

(b) Conduct During Playing.-During a rendition of the national anthem-

(1) when the flag is displayed-

(A) all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart;

(B) men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and

(C) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note; and

(2) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

( Pub. L. 105–225, Aug. 12, 1998, 112 Stat. 1263 .)

Historical and Revision Notes


Source (U.S. Code)Source (Statutes at Large)
301(a) 36:170. Mar. 3, 1931, ch. 436, 46 Stat. 1508 .
301(b) 36:171. June 22, 1942, ch. 435, §6, 56 Stat. 380 ; Dec. 22, 1942, ch. 806, §6, 56 Stat. 1077 ; July 7, 1976, Pub. L. 94–344, §1(18), 90 Stat. 812 .