State flag pledges, present and accounted for


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.

Only Georgia bothered to send in correcting information.

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?

Arkansas:

Salute To The State Flag

“I Salute the Arkansas Flag With Its Diamond and Stars. We Pledge Our Loyalty to Thee.”

Virginia Belcher Brock
Author

Kentucky, adopted in 2000:

“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.”

Louisiana, adopted 1999:

“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.”

Ohio, adopted in 2002:

“I salute the flag of the state of Ohio and pledge to the Buckeye State respect and loyalty.”

South Dakota:

“I pledge loyalty and support to the flag and state of South Dakota, land of sunshine, land of infinite variety.”

Members of the Civil Air Patrol Rushmore Composite Squadron stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance during a monthly meeting at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 25, 2013. CAP is the official Air Force auxiliary, and a national community service organization made up of trained civilian volunteers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anania Tekurio/Released)

Members of the Civil Air Patrol Rushmore Composite Squadron stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance during a monthly meeting at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., March 25, 2013. CAP is the official Air Force auxiliary, and a national community service organization made up of trained civilian volunteers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anania Tekurio/Released)

4 Responses to State flag pledges, present and accounted for

  1. shelia says:

    shut up delila dang

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  2. annie says:

    Honor the Texas Flag,
    I pledge allegence to thee,
    Texas one state under God,
    One and indivisible.

    required by state law to be said every morning after the Pledge to USA.

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  3. eharrison says:

    South Carolina state pledge:
    I salute the flag of South Carolina and pledge to the Palmetto State, love, loyalty and faith.
    We say if everyday at my school and have for years. Though I doubt that it is commonly known by many.

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  4. delila says:

    yall need to quit copyin’ texas and dont even think about sayin yall arent unless yall have evidence proving yall even had a pledge before 1836.

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