On Flag Day, June 14, 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation that added the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance, expressing the principles that our rights come from God, not from the State, and that governments are accountable to a higher authority, identified by our Founding Fathers as “Nature and Nature’s God.”
To promote wider recognition of these fundamental principles, Assemblies in each state of the United States are encouraged to conduct a flag ceremony annually at their respective state capitals on Flag Day, June 14. This ceremony is called the “One Nation Under God” Knights of Columbus Flag Day Pledge Program. Assemblies will recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the flag ceremony to promote a greater understanding of the origin and nature of our constitutional rights.
The organizers of the flag ceremony in each jurisdiction shall:
• Secure all necessary permits;
• Ensure that the ceremony is conducted in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances; and
• Ensure that the ceremony is conducted in a dignified and respectful manner.
The State Deputy shall:
• Coordinate the publicity for the ceremony and is authorized to publicize the ceremony through a press release. (No other Knights of Columbus officer or subordinate unit may issue a press release.)
• The pledge ceremony should not be at the state capitol building or the statehouse, but at a park or other public space nearby, in order to avoid political posturing and partisan activity.
• The State Deputy and the organizers of the ceremony may invite civic leaders and elected officials to attend, but such leaders and officials should not be official participants or speakers.
The Supreme Master recommends that assemblies and councils work together to perform a charitable work on Flag Day. Suggested activities include:
• Conducting a canned food drive to restock a local food pantry;
• Cleaning up of a park or the place where the Pledge ceremony will take place;
• Donating a United States flag to a local school or community youth or senior center; and
• Visiting a nearby Veterans home or medical center and distributing gifts and letters of appreciation.
Rev. April 2012