For my new position with the Ionia Sentinel-Standard, one of the beats I cover is education, which includes monthly Board of Education meetings. During the first I attended, a bullet point at the beginning of the night’s agenda stood out like the paint chipping off my car’s front bumper:
A. Pledge of Allegiance
The meeting began, the Superintendent asked all to rise and we recited the pledge as one. As I placed my hand over my heart and began saying the appropriate words, it felt odd, and I almost had to think about what the next phrases were in order to remember them. I honestly couldn’t remember the last time I had spoken the Pledge of Allegiance. Middle school, perhaps?
Come to think more on the matter, that’s probably pretty close. From kindergarten through eighth grade I remember saying it every day before class began, before lunch or after recess. Every day. I mean, I even learned it in song! I don’t recall saying it any time during high school; it was always the National Anthem at sports events or before school ceremonies.
I can’t figure out why this is. Any ideas? I would love some feedback.
I’ve now been to seven board meetings now in the three weeks I’ve worked at the newspaper. Each began with the pledge. I’ve found a new appreciation for it, enjoy saying it, and am proud to say it again. It feels good to renew that.
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
And to the republic for which it stands;
One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.