The Frederick Board of County Commissioners today voted to allow any member of a Frederick County board or commission to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of a meeting.
The motion proposed by Commissioner Kirby Delauter and approved by a majority of the board will allow anyone in attendance at a board or commission meeting to be free to participate or to not participate in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. No person will be required to participate and no consequences will flow from a person’s decision to participate or not.
Board President Blaine Young commented, "This Board of County Commissioners recommends that our members on county boards and commissions say the Pledge of Allegiance, but out of respect for the First Amendment, we cannot make saying the pledge mandatory, nor do we wish to do so.
"We respect the views of those who do not want to say the pledge, but do not want to trample on the rights of those who want to express their own personal patriotism. Based on the direction of our County Attorney, we have approved a policy that addresses this issue but gives flexibility to our citizens who volunteer their time and talents to serve on these important boards and commissions.
"This board starts every meeting by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and will continue to do so out of respect for those who have served in our military and paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can show our support for our flag and this wonderful country in which we are blessed to live and work."