Recently, a Concord resident asked town officials if it would be possible to add the Pledge of Allegiance to the beginning of Town Meeting. After consideration, the request was denied.
Traditionally, Boy or Girl Scouts present the colors at the start of Town Meeting, and a moment of silence and the Concord Town Meeting Reflection are observed. According to Town Moderator Eric Van Loon, the reflection "reminds participants to act for the common good, require sacrifice only for worthy goals, and approach each issue with open minds and hearts."
In a written response to the request, Van Loon said, "I have decided not to alter Concord's long-standing tradition at this time. I do not wish to take any step that might have the inadvertent effect of diluting voter focus on our Concord Reflection."
So for now, there will be no change to the opening of Concord's Town Meeting. What do you think? Should the Pledge of Allegiance be recited at Town Meeting? Vote in our poll, and share your thoughts in the comment section below.