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To the Republic: 1942

To the Republic: 1942

May 1942. "Southington, Connecticut. Schoolchildren pledging allegiance to the flag." Photo by Fenno Jacobs for the Office of War Information. View full size.


Everybody wave

Look! It's Richard Stands!

Pledging allegiance

About a month ago, I was fortunate enough to be a guest at an elementary school assembly in Chihuahua, Mexico. There, a young child stood in front of the Mexican flag and extended her hand, palm down, slightly upraised. She began the pledge and her classmates did as she did, and pledged,too. It was altogether touching, once I got over the initial surprise.

I thought this was taken in 1942 Germany.

I have never seen anyone in the USA performing such a salute while saying the Pledge of Allegiance, and I'm nearly sixty. I have only seen Americans putting their right hands over their hearts when saying the Pledge.

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