• Hannah Telluselle

The pledge of allegiance

Updated: Dec 23, 2021

My entire adult life, I've missed not having an allegiance to pledge, and here comes an article in NY Post saying they want to remove it in Colorado!

I learned the American pledge of allegiance as an exchange student at Ticonderoga High School, upstate New York, quite intrigued while watching everyone rise but me in the mornings. I declared that I shouldn't say it since I'm Swedish and we had a big discussion in our Political science class. Back then, I was quite proud of therethrough taking a stand for Sweden. Now more than 30 years later, I don't think anyone would care if I did. That is the point, then why try to be of service when all I get is refusals? What does Sweden stand for more than soccer? Does anyone know?

It's one of those things that I have in my heart as a check of loyalty. Do I rather want to say the American? Yes! Where values and rights are not only for show, but tried, discussed and fought for.

The pledge of allegiance to me is like a centering prayer, so I hope the people in Colorado reclaim it - not everybody has one.

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