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. Asked what the salute was, he invited all legislators to stand and face the Oklahoma flag in the House chamber. But he was prevented from reciting the salute because it went against House rules for discussion. Rep. Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah, also filed an amendment that would require that the salute to the Oklahoma flag be recited at least weekly on the House floor by members when the Legislature is in session. House members recite the Pledge of Allegiance weekly. HB 2189 and its amendments were passed by the House, 96-0. The measure now goes to the Senate. The bill also would require that instruction in the history and etiquette relating to the U.S. flag be given in each grade at least once a year.