I am guilty. I made a bit of an assumption that state flag pledges are rare. There were none in Idaho, or Utah, where I attended public schools. Maryland made no fuss about one while we were there. In most conversations when the issue of a state pledge comes up, people tell their shock at discovering there was such a thing for Texas, and that Texans actually say it from time to time.
But a search of Google finally managed to strike something, having got just the right combination of terms. Below the fold are the state flag pledges for Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio and South Dakota. I note that the years of adoption are recent — some sort of competition between state legislatures with too little to do? — which leads me to suspect that there may be more state pledges out there, but they are just showing up in the civics and history books.
How many more state pledges are out there? Got something to add?
Salute To The State Flag
“I Salute the Arkansas Flag With Its Diamond and Stars. We Pledge Our Loyalty to Thee.”
Virginia Belcher Brock
“I pledge allegiance to the Kentucky flag, and to the Sovereign State for
which it stands, one Commonwealth, blessed with diversity, natural wealth, beauty, and grace from on High.”
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the state of Louisiana and to the motto for which it stands: A state, under god, united in purpose and ideals, confident that justice shall prevail for all of those abiding here.”
“I salute the flag of the state of Ohio and pledge to the Buckeye State respect and loyalty.”
“I pledge loyalty and support to the flag and state of South Dakota, land of sunshine, land of infinite variety.”