Take a Stand or Take a Seat? : The Pledge

The Pledge of Allegiance is a patriotic verse that is recited by U.S. citizens.

It’s commonly recited at schools in the morning before announcements followed by a moment of silence for prayer.

Universely, a person stands for the pledge and places their right hand over their heart.

However, some people choose not to stand for the pledge.

“I don’t stand for the pledge, but it’s not to be offensive,” said anonymous, senior.

Students are standing for the pledge of allegiance.
Students are standing for the pledge of allegiance.

Some students don’t stand due to religious beliefs.

Others don’t stand for the pledge, because of certain events that have occurred.

They believe that the phrase “Justice for all,” for example, lies.

“For years, we saw how unfair people have been treated. The system is corrupted,” said an anonymous junior.

Though there may be some “loops” in the pledge, there are many people who still take pride in their country.

The pledge is not only a promise of loyalty to the U.S., but it serves as a way to thank those who have sacrificed their lives for the country.

“I take pride in the pledge. I stand to honor the troops who died for our country,” said Aidan Hall, senior.

Many agree that citizens should have the right to either decision.

Both sides have valid reasonings as to why whether they stand or sit during the pledge.

As long as both parties are respectful of each other’s point of view, all is well.