Some students of Harvard show their appreciation for America by observing (sleeping late on) Columbus Day, others by religiously following Monday Night Football. Residents of Weld Hall, however, express their passion for this country at 9:15 a.m. every Monday with the Pledge of Allegiance.
The practice began last week in Weld 52 with Zachary A. Young ’14 and Thomas J. Gaudett ’14, and expanded to a group of six yesterday. Though Young has only advertised the gathering through the Weld e-mail list, he plans to eventually “start expanding it to other dorms.”
Why stop by Weld to recite an oath that many haven’t heard since middle school? “Why not?” replied Young. “Why is there any reason not to? I’m personally very passionate about my country and I want to reflect that. Why not do it together?”
Though the gatherings haven’t been controversial, Young admitted that he and his suitemates have received “reactions of great indifference.”
If you’d like to take part in the Pledge but can’t make it on Monday mornings, don’t fret. “Hopefully, once we get enough interest,” Young added, “we’ll be able to have it more frequently.”
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