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Rome declares "Pledge of Allegience Day" in honor of city-native author

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - On this day 120 years ago, the United States' Pledge of Allegiance first appeared in print. The author of that pledge, one of the most famous and well-memorized poems in history, was written by Rome-native Francis Bellamy.

Bellamy penned the famous pledge back in 1892, in honor of Columbus Day.

In celebration of this anniversary, the Elks Lodge in Rome hosted a "Pledge of Allegiance Day" Ceremony Saturday morning. Veterans joined local officials and students from Bellamy Elementary School on West Liberty Street for the celebration.

Organizers hope the event inspires patriotism in their community.

The flag that flew at ceremony was brought in special for the service. It flew above the Capitol Building in Washington last month.

The Mayor of Rome declared September 8 be known as "Pledge of Allegiance Day" throughout the city from now on.

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