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Local residents get serious about pledging allegiance to flag


July 11, 2018

As Chad McDonald, left, records a live-stream Facebook broadcast, Sweet Home residents perform the Pledge of Allegiance on the morning of July 4 at the Meridian Heights home of Todd Branson, behind the mic, who has made saying the pledge a daily Facebook event.

They stood in a tight semicircle, 30-some local residents on the morning of the Fourth of July, quietly waiting for a signal that it was time.

To say the Pledge of Allegiance.

They were gathered in local real estate agent Todd Branson's back yard on Meridian Heights, to participate in a tradition that Branson and his next-door neighbor, Mike Harris, began in mid-April: saluting the flag at 7 a.m. every weekday morning and live-streaming it on Branson's Facebook.

"We do it Monday through Friday," Branson said. "It's one of those things that needed to be done."

Branson said he got the idea...

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