(CAPE COD TIMES) FALMOUTH — Selectman Melissa Freitag’s decision to exclude the Pledge of Allegiance from Monday’s meeting took some selectmen and residents by surprise.

“I’m a little shocked that she did that,” Selectman Brent Putnam said about Freitag’s action.

Freitag filled in as chairwoman at the meeting because Selectman Mary Pat Flynn was unable to attend because of medical reasons. She began the meeting by reading a poem by a former poet laureate. When she started going into the first agenda item, Selectman Kevin Murphy reminded Freitag that the board recites the pledge at the beginning of each meeting.

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