The Story of the American Flag

The Story of the American Flag

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...truths to be self-evident, --that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. THE FLAG IN THE SCHOOL SINCE the Flag is floating above the school-houses all over the land, and in Porto Rico, Hawaii, the Philippines and other faroff isles of the sea, it is right and proper that there should be exercises inside the school-houses. The Woman's Relief Corps first introduced the flag salute into the public schools, in 1886, for the sake of giving many little foreigners in New York City their first lessons in loyalty to the Flag of the country of their parents' adoption. Now certain daily exercises are repeated in the broken accents of the dusky peoples of distant lands lately taken under the protection of the United States Government and Flag. Everywhere--in Pennsylvania and the Philippines, in Alabama and Alaska--the flag drill is much the same. After the pupils are assembled in school, the principal or teacher gives the signal, every child rises in his or her place. While the Flag is borne from the door to the teacher's stand, each pupil gives it the military salute, and repeats this pledge: I pledge allegiance to my Flag, and to the Republic for which it stands, One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. In saj-ing the words, "to my Flag," each pupil finishes the salute by pointing the right hand gracefully, palm upward, toward the flag, holding it in that position until the end of the pledge. Then all hands drop to the side together. While still standing, the whole school sings, in unison, the national hymn, "America." In some schools where the children are too small to repeat and...
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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236841220
  • 9781236841223