I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America

I had taken saying the Pledge of Allegience for granted. I grew up saying it to start off my days at school and am honored to say that they say it at my son's preschool every morning as well as my my middle-child's school every morning.I got an ‘interesting’ email this morning. My step-son attends school about 20 miles from us and once in awhile I receive emails from parents in his school-district about events going on and how to participate. I love being part of his life & welcome the information.

However, today’s email from a parent was about the “Pledge of Allegiance” and how a group of outsiders were trying to sway the school-board into reinstating saying it at school and sporting events. Although she tried to come-off in her email as being bi-partisan it didn’t take much reading between the lines to know what her opinions were.

I decided to do a little reading on my own and ran into this article from our local paper: Oberlin school district debates pledge.

This part really gets to me though:

“But the issue of “liberty and justice for all” also was a sticking point for some who spoke, including Phyllis Yarber Hogan.

“That part is not true and it is wrong to say it but it is particularly wrong to ask little black children to say it,” Yarber Hogan said. She has argued the pledge is dishonest for descendants of slaves.”

What?! So our children should be looking at their history alone & not their future? Forget what CAN BE let us dwell on what has been. Forget about the American-Ideals let’s look at the transgressions of our forefathers. Ugh… (Yes, my blood is boiling.)

“I’m offended all day. It builds character.” I guess today I’ve added a bit to my character … because, yes, I’m offended!

Ok, time to get off of my soap-box. I thought it was very sad that I received this email on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. What a slap in the face to those that have served our country & lost their lives serving our great country. To the Oberlin Community against “The Pledge” I leave you with these images:

As one fellow-American so deftly put it: “You can choose not to say the Pledge of Allegiance and I will go to my death to defend you.”

– Leanne from

byLeanneonFriday, May 22, 2009Military Life:,

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