The Union Republicans’ flag initiative

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By Nick DAngelo

The Pledge of Allegiance, a salute to the symbol of freedom that has become trivial to most as a common and standard procedure in American schools, was originated by Francis Bellamy, a Christian socialist, in 1892, and formally adopted by the United States Congress in 1942.

It has been modified four times, most recently being in 1954, under President Dwight Eisenhower. Despite its nascent regularity over the past half century, it is time to once again pledge allegiance, honor our nation and reflect on the meaning of the symbol and what it represents.

At a time when some are fighting for the right to burn the flag, the Union College Republicans are standing up to honor it. In the next few weeks we will be contacting every professor and administrator, along with the faculty and staff, to offer them an American flag. All we ask is that they proudly display it on their office doors through the end of the term, through the year or forever.

The point is to remember our history, and to honor what has been a symbol of freedom for millions over the past 235 years. The simplest act of patriotism one may perform is displaying, and subsequently honoring, the symbol of the precious freedom we enjoy.

Patriotism is not a partisan issue, and the College Republicans do not look to make it into one. Just as we did during the 9/11 Never Forget Memorial earlier this year, we aim to unite a community through a shared love of country.

As President Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, remarked about the flag, “The flag of the United States has not been created by rhetorical sentences in declarations of independence and in bills of rights. It has been created by the experience of a great people, and nothing is written upon it that has not been written by their life.”

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