The recitation of a little-known “Salute to the Flag of Tennessee” in the state Senate is often met with confusion with visitors to the upper chamber of the General Assembly.
Now, lawmakers want to have schoolchildren follow suit.
The Senate voted 32-0 on Tuesday to urge schools to have students recite the salute that reads: “Three white stars on a field of blue / God keep them strong and ever true / It is with pride and love that we / Salute the Flag of Tennessee.”
The resolution sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet now heads to the House, which has so far declined to emulate the Senate in reciting the salute after the Pledge of Allegiance.
“It's not mandating anything, its encouraging,” said Sen. Beavers.
Senator Beavers added the resolution also honors Senator Douglas Henry. The longtime lawmaker is retiring after more than 45 years.
Senator Henry was also the driving force behind the Senate reciting the pledge a few years ago. He says the resolution is a true honor.
“Overwhelmed, I never had anything like this happen in my life. You do what you can here, you don't ever know if its any good or not and when folks do something about it, makes you feel pretty good,” Senator Henry told Nashville's News 2.
*The Associated Press contributed to this report.