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(NASHVILLE, TN),— State Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) and Representative David Davis (R-Johnson City) announced last week that the appropriate papers have been filed for their Flags for Freedom Foundation and that they are now ready to accept contributions with the goal of placing a U.S. flag in every Tennessee classroom. Crowe and Davis were the prime sponsors of a new law passed this year in the Tennessee General Assembly calling for recitation of the pledge of allegiance in school classrooms during each school day. One of the arguments used against the bill during the legislative debate on the matter was that flags are not provided to all public classrooms.
“It is incredible to think that we do not have the U.S. flag in some of our school classrooms,” said Rep. Davis. “We remain serious about this legislation. This foundation will see that every child in Tennessee, public or private, has exposure to the flag and the U.S. pledge.” The lawmakers said the Foundation has arranged to purchase the flag from a Tennessee business at a much-discounted rate of $5.00 for a post with an eagle mounted on top and a three by five U.S. flag. Crowe and Davis delivered seventy flags to David Crockett High School last month, which was the first school to request flags after passage of the new law.
“After we passed the legislation calling for the pledge each day, we talked with local veterans about how we could distribute the flags. We felt this Foundation was the best route,” Crowe added. “We are excited about the opportunity to get these flags into school classrooms through this foundation.”
Crowe and Davis said they will continue to discuss the Foundation plans with Commissioner of Veterans Affairs John Mogan and leaders of upstate veterans groups in a meeting in Johnson City on Friday. The two lawmakers said they will also coordinate their plans to deliver the flags with Dr. Doug Wood of the State Board of Education who is responsible for helping local boards of education promulgate rules and regulations for implementation of the new law.
“I am just very proud to have passed this legislation with Rep. Davis that will provide our students the same privilege of saying the pledge of allegiance each day that we have in our House and Senate chambers before the beginning of each business day,” Crowe continued. “Our flag represents the freedoms that we enjoy. They have come to us at a very high price.” Schools needing flags can contact or those wishing to help the Flags for Freedom Foundation can send contributions to: P.O. Box 1161, Johnson City, TN 37605.