Politicians Refuse To Rise For The Reading Of The Pledge Of Allegiance
Cailyn Finkel 8/23/2016
It was like any other town council meeting in Hampden, Maine - that is, until the Pledge of Allegiance began playing. Most people would stand to honor their country but two council members refused to do so. They say it's in protest about a phrase that Hampden's mayor, Carol Duprey, is known to say before the Pledge is recited.
Before the meeting, Mayor Duprey tells the room to please stand "to pay tribute to the brave men and women in uniform who are currently serving in harm's way."
This phrase is something the two councilmen, Thomas Brann and William Shakepeare, disagree with wholeheartedly. As Vietnam veterans and fierce patriots, both Brann and Shakepeare feel as though the Pledge of Allegiance is meant to honor not only our servicemen and women, but all citizens who support our precious Constitution.
Despite their brazen actions, Brann and Shakepeare weren't punished in any way. In fact, the Hampden town manager, Susan Lessard, said that the men's actions were within their rights and will be allowed to continue in protest as long as they seem fit.
Do you agree with the councilmen, or should they stand to honor our Pledge regardless and take their issue up with the mayor privately? Share your thoughts in the Facebook comments section.