Today, I shall present here the “Flags of the Commonwealth Countries” which have flag reference in their respective “National Anthems” either in the title, the beginning, and/or one or more verse or in chorus.
A National Anthem in the words of Robert S. Gauron “is a patriotic song , hymn, march, folk tune, drinking song, or other musical composition sung or played on official occasions. It is an audible symbol of a country, just as a flag or coat of arms is a visible symbol”. Early National Anthems used to honour rulers of nations, but the French revolution produced the first people’s anthems “La Marseillaise” in 1792. Today, a great many Nations have National Anthems, and Patriotic Songs which mention the National Flags of their respective countries.
“March On, Bahamaland” is the national anthem of the Bahamas. Composed by Timothy Gibson and adopted in 1973. It exhorts:
Pátria Amada is the National Anthem of Mozambique, it replaced Viva, Viva a FRELIMO in 2002. The chorus of the old anthem had the words ;
Viva our Flag,
"We all join in together to honour your flag,
And we shall rejoice together and say;
Nauru for evermore!
"Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice, reign,
In peace or battle honour'd
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to our children,
A banner without stain".
"This flag of the crescent and star
"Samoa, arise and raise your flag, your crown!
The chorus states: “Free men we stand, under the flag of our land”.
There appears no other Anthem in the Commonwealth group of nations which has Flag reference.
However, a close study will reveal that there are also many "Patriotic Flag Songs" found expressions in the field of philately:
And planted firm Britannia's flag
On Canada's fair domain
Here may it wave, our boast our pride
And, joined in love together
The thistle, shamrock, rose entwine
The Maple Leaf forever!
"The Maple Leaf Forever" is now the regimental march of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and The Royal Westminster Regiment.