Senator Mark Norris
9A Legislative Plaza,
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0232
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June 14, 2016
Happy Flag Day!
This is Flag Day. It is the day set aside by Congress to salute Old Glory and honor her legacy.
Today, the Stars and Stripes are at half-staff. 239 years after the Second Continental Congress adopted the flag of the United States, we mourn the murders in Orlando by lowering this symbol of freedom, bravery and opportunity in recognition of the loss but with the resolve to defend our homeland and defeat radical Islamic terrorism.
Every day is Flag Day in Tennessee.
Fourteen years ago, I proudly co-sponsored Public Chapter 841 requiring that the Pledge of Allegiance be a part of the daily school schedule, requiring students to learn it and demonstrate their knowledge of it, allowing local school boards to determine the time of day for the Pledge, asking local organizations to provide flags for classrooms, making exemptions for those who object, allowing for disciplinary action to be taken for disruptions, and requiring the state board of education “to develop guidelines on constitutional rights and restrictions relating to the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag in public schools.”
T.C.A. 49-6-1001 requires instruction of the “the uses, purposes and methods of displaying the American flag and other patriotic emblems” as well as the history of the Pledge of Allegiance and other patriotic symbols.
I am proud to salute the American Flag today and every day. As we approach our nation’s 240th Anniversary on July 4, let us recommit ourselves to courage and “to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”