A Flag In Every Classroom

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Real Estate Agent with Homequest Real Estate

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Shortly after the events of 9-11 a group of students from Hanover NH Middle and High School gathered around the outside flagpole to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Several of the students Mothers asked why the pledge wasn't  said in the classroom? They were told that several of the classrooms didn't have flags....They discovered that even though State law requires that every student be given the opportunuity to say the Pledge there were many schools that were witout flags!

Thus began Operation Old Glory...

The women embarked on a quest to put a flag in every NH classroom. They worked in tandem with the American Legions who have a mission mandate to supply flags to those who need. After only five years they have managed to place 4,000 flags in 500 schools!

The women are now talking about seting up a website to help other states get flags!

Another example of everyday people...getting things done!

Edit: Brian Shulman has written a "complimentary"Post with an explanation of the Pledge of Allegiance

The Story of the Pledge of Allegiance

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Joan Mirantz - Joni is a Realtor® with Homequest Real Estate, a locally owned, Customer Service oriented Firm.
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Comments (26)

Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

What a wonderful cause! I remember saying the Pledge every morning during elementary school (a public school). This definitely instilled a patriotic respect for our country.

Jun 28, 2008 06:51 AM
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

I cannot imagine a classrom without a flag!  What a totally worthwhile cause and one that is well handled by dedicated private citizens.  Way to go!

Jun 28, 2008 07:30 AM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

Hi Gary...Like so many other rural communities...grass roots efforts are alive and well in NH

Jun 28, 2008 07:40 AM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

Carole...I think their idea to take the effort country wide is a great one but I can't find any more info!

Jun 28, 2008 07:43 AM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

I agree Vicki and had no idea that they didn't!

Jun 28, 2008 07:45 AM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

Brian...that brings up an interesting question...I wonder how many do know the story behind the pledge?

Jun 28, 2008 07:47 AM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

I'll keep an eye on it Mary...It's a really worthwhile project!

Jun 28, 2008 07:48 AM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

LOL Joan....we've had to do that at meetings too!

Jun 28, 2008 07:50 AM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

Hi Rich..I think most schools still do that...I guess they all just don't have flags!

Jun 28, 2008 07:52 AM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

Hey Steve...it really is something what ordinary folks can accomplish!

Jun 28, 2008 07:54 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

I am sort of a Flag nut and this post gives me hope that our younger generations will come to know and understand the significance. The Pledge is good but a history lesson with it would make even better sense. Wonderful and illuminating.

Jun 28, 2008 10:40 AM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

William... really don't have any idea how much the kids are taught about the flag..maybe there is someone out there who does

Jun 28, 2008 12:10 PM
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

Joan, see my post today about the Story of the Pledge of Allegiance!

Jun 30, 2008 02:21 AM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

Hi Brian.. I just did an Edit!!

Jun 30, 2008 07:40 AM
Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369

Joan, that shocks me! My kids were homeschooled and pledged allegience every morning with their video class. What a great idea to place flags in the classroom. Thanks for sharing the story.

Jun 30, 2008 02:39 PM
Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic

Government should move this efficiently. Congratulations on the people who got the job done.

Jun 30, 2008 03:00 PM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

Debbie...I was shocked too. I guess I just assumed....and you know what they say about that!

Jul 01, 2008 06:01 AM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

I agree Robert...Back to the basics...progress sure isn't working!

Jul 01, 2008 06:03 AM
Christopher Bonta
The Bean Group - Londonderry, NH
Realtor, Integrity and Honesty

Joan, nice post for the Holiday and very inspirational it is always nice to read things about how people can band together to get something done.

Jul 03, 2008 12:40 AM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

Christopher..you are so right we can really accomplish a lot if we all just work together!

Jul 03, 2008 08:16 AM