Flag Day (1996)

14 Jun 96

Originally performed on 14 Jun 1996, Flag Day, is a durational performance.

The piece was produced in a large lecture hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

I recited the Pledge of Allegiance until I wet my pants. The piece lasted 1 hour 47 minutes. This video clip is that last 5 minutes of the piece.

In the United States Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

The text of the piece is: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation¬†under God,¬†indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

To the best of my knowledge, we recited the Pledge of Allegiance in elementary school every morning before the start of class. In high school, we recited before every assembly.


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