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In 1996 I had the opportunity to participate in an American Legion program called Boys State. The program is a week long exercise in which rising high school seniors run a mock government at the city, county and state level. I loved the program so much that I continued on serving as a counselor for 8 of the past 15 years. (I hope to get back on board at some point, but my own kids complicate it a bit) It was there that I first heard the pledge of Allegiance recited with "one nation under God" spoken as a whole, continuous, complete verse. I had always heard and been taught that it was broken into two verses: "one nation ................................ under God. No pause for the members of the American Legion!
Fast forward 15 years. After joining our local Kiwanis Club I hear the same delivery from this group of men and women. No pause. I wonder is it an age difference? Were children of the 40s and 50s taught to recite without the pause? We also have a LOT of veterans who are Kiwanians. Maybe it's something that they share as servicemen and servicewomen?
Nothing earth shattering. Just thought it was interesting. I recite it without the pause. Any time that I'm in a group of younger folks or non-veterans I get odd looks. There's always one or two others in the group who do the same though. I think it's pretty cool.
Y'all take it easy,