Here’s something I didn’t know before: Michigan has a pledge of its own for the State Flag. It was officially adopted by a state law in 1972 and, amazingly enough, it manages not to violate the establishment clause. I’m willing to bet most Michiganians aren’t aware of this pledge. Here’s how it reads:
- “I pledge allegiance to the flag of Michigan, and to the state for which it stands, two beautiful peninsulas united by a bridge of steel, where equal opportunity and justice to all is our ideal.”
So it’s not the most inspiring of pledges one might read in their lifetime, but if we ever have an urgent need for a pledge at least we’ve got one.