Official NC Flag Salute Bill Heading To Governor

Flying North Carolina's flag on state property has been required for 100 years. Now the flag is about to get its own salute.

The General Assembly has approved a bill setting in place an official salute to the flag as a way to boost respect and loyalty to North Carolina.

The salute goes: "I salute the flag of North Carolina and pledge to the Old North State love, loyalty and faith."

The House passed the salute unanimously Tuesday. The Senate last month agreed to the measure, which now goes to Governor Mike Easley for his signature to be signed into law.

The salute has been used for decades by various women's clubs
and women's political groups statewide but has never been placed in the state law books. That's according to state Representative Melanie Goodwin of Richmond County.