'Stand Up and Say the Pledge' ceremony is 12 p.m. today

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Residents and community leaders recite the Pledge of Allegiance during last year's Stand Up and Say the Pledge ceremony. This year's ceremony is at noon Monday.

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Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 09:55 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Community members will pause at noon today to recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the third annual Stand Up and Say the Pledge ceremony.

The Crestview Exchange Club's program, which lasts about 15 minutes, includes patriotic readings and songs, and a performance of the national anthem.

"The ceremony restates the importance of our flag and what it stands for," Exchange Club president and Crestview Mayor David Cadle said. "It's a short ceremony that has a Boy Scout honor guard and former Air Force Chaplain Walter Beaman speaking,"

Exchange Club organizers have invited local World War II veteran Tom Seagle to lead the Pledge, club member Sharlene Cox said.

"That would be a special honor for us," Cox said.

The annual ceremony is part of the Exchange Club's Americanism pillar.

The organization also sponsors the annual flag display on the Crestview High School lawn for Veterans Day.

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