Institucion Internacional SEK a - Noticias



Ever since I was a child, I always dreamt of being a flag bearer. Whenever I would go to the Pledge of Allegiance ceremony, I would fantasize about being up front, holding the Ecuadorian flag, filled with pride and accomplishment. Even if I weren’t to be a flag bearer, I always thought of pledging allegiance to the flag as something that would impulse me into my life outside school. This act doesn’t mean swearing loyalty to a piece of cloth; it means swearing loyalty to the country and the values it represents. It marks a shift into adulthood, swearing to always uphold freedom and dignity.

On September 26, 2019, we finally did it. Together with my lifelong friends and those whom I’ve met along all my years in this school, we performed this age-old tradition of pledging allegiance to the flag. Before the proud look of our parents and preceded by the usual flag choreography, we entered into the court, ready to take part in the ceremony. We marched filled with enthusiasm and fulfillment for all the accomplishments we had achieved. We received the sashes from our parents and were congratulated by the school authorities. Next, we collectively and individually swore loyalty to the flag and to our country. 

To conclude the ceremony, we marched around my classmates bearing the flag proudly upright, symbolizing the shelter that our country offers to us all. Bearing the flag of my country in front of all the people who have accompanied me in this journey at school, I fully felt the weight of what this symbol represents: freedom and patriotic sentiment that we will carry for the rest of our lives.


Felipe Jarrín

Senior Class B