The pledge — where is your allegiance?

October 12, 2010

By Madeline Kohm

In third grade, saying the Pledge of Allegiance each morning was cool. My teacher even led us in singing “America the Beautiful” or “The Star Spangled Banner” before class. It seems that my classmates have grown up, however, and for whatever reasons, saying the pledge isn’t such an event.

It’s really disheartening to look around when the announcement comes on each morning: “Good morning Patriots, please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.”

One particular morning this year, I counted only four students that stood up in my class.

Understanding the reasons why students don’t regularly stand up and participate in the daily salute is necessary. Some choose not to partake because of religious reasons, while others feel obligations to other countries. Some students are angry at the nation or the words of the pledge, and some are just lazy.

Controversy with the inclusion of the words “under God” is still a relevant issue. If you have passion for amending the words of the pledge, get involved! Speak out about it; don’t make it a reason to keep you from showing your American pride.

Just as the words of the pledge are not perfect, neither is America, but if we don’t stick by our country though the struggles, how can we improve it?

I urge lazy students to find a bit of patriotism. How can you declare the American flag a worthy thing to salute one day, but not the next? Is it because you’re too tired?

The Pledge of Allegiance might seem a bit old fashioned and quite an inconvenience at such an early hour, but the message is very important.

Saying the pledge is a sign of respect and the significance is this: America is not perfect, but I will stand up, because I have faith in the progress of my country and will honor those who have died for me and the freedoms I have today.

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