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Oklahoma flag not forgotten in push to require salute

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: March 13, 2009
A plan to require public school students to say the Pledge of Allegiance in class every day caused members of the House to remember to pay respect to the Oklahoma flag.

Rep. Lewis Moore said he authored House Bill 2189 because it’s appropriate to honor the American flag. It’s optional in each school district whether students recite the pledge.

"I feel strongly about this bill and how it will strengthen our culture and country’s traditions by honoring the importance of the U.S. flag and our nation,” said Moore, R-Arcadia. "It’s an oath of loyalty and respect.”

Rep. Ryan McMullen said attention also should be given to Oklahoma’s flag, and he filed an amendment to require public school students to recite daily in class the official salute to the flag.

McMullen, D-Burns Flat, said it was a practice in the rural schools he attended to recite the salute every day, but he subsequently found out that it’s not the case in all schools.