By: Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 9, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- To conclude every meeting, the American Legion Post 13 salutes the United States flag. Leaders don't see much of a difference between the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.
"If school kids don't want to swear their allegiance or sit down during it then perhaps they ought to attend private school," said Commander Val Frialey, the Commander of Post 13.
Commander Frialey says students have their rights to choose whatever country they want to swear allegiance, but doesn't mince words when it comes to turning against the United States flag.
"There's lots of ports and airports and trains and everything else that leave this place," said Frialey.
Others we spoke with would like students to stand but don't feel as strongly about it as Frialey.
"It goes against our freedom of speech to make somebody do something that they might not quite believe in," said Cassie Fuller.
"As far as kids, I think they need to do it," said Verna Fergeset.
Other veterans that we spoke with say it is a matter of respect for the country, but no one should be able to force it upon anyone else.
"That's their choice and there's nothing I can do or anyone else can do to stop that," said Chuck Carroll.
Everyone has their own interpretation of what the Pledge of Allegiance means to them, but for Val, the flag is more than a piece of cloth.
"I grew up saluting the flag. I grew up marching up and down my grandfather's driveway. I marched my brother up and down it. That flag's pretty important," said Frialey.