See You at the Pole is an annual gathering held by Christian students near school flagpoles to pray. The event is gradually gaining popularity; a few years ago, more than 2 million people took part in it. Today it is an international holiday, joined by students from different countries – Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Ecuador, Norway, Nigeria, Portugal and many others.
The holiday appeared when prayers offered in public schools and the educational administration were declared unconstitutional in America. Students were allowed to independently gather for prayer – thus, their rights and freedoms were protected. Events can only be held if they are started by students, interference or approval of third parties is unacceptable. The American Civil Liberties Union approves See You at the Pole, but on the condition that the school does not encourage or control the holiday.
- In 2006, the leadership tried to ban the holding of a rally at the flagpole for students of the South Floyd School in Kentucky, but representatives of the Rutherford Institute proved the legitimacy of the event.
- Students should be aware of their right to participate in such meetings, it is a right upheld by the US Supreme Court.
- A rally is an integral part of a democratic, equal society, and the right to organize and hold an assembly is enshrined in the Constitution.
How to take part
Today, See You at the Pole is held in many cities. The holiday consists of two parts. The first is a prayer at the flagpole, in which schoolchildren, students, teachers, and representatives of the church can take part. In the evening, entertainment and educational events are held – concerts of Christian music, theatrical performances, and worship services.
When is See You at the Pole celebrated in 2023?
See You at the Pole is observed on the last Wednesday of September each year.