We parents stand, too. I imagine that the parents who choose not to recite the pledge have children who say it, and vice versa.
I never heard the pledge without the words "under God," but when I discovered that they were an addendum during the Cold War--a reactionary alteration against the threat of Communism--I stoppped saying them. For fifteen years I've hummed to myself while two words which I don't believe belong in a public institution flow past.
This morning, when Mrs. Lester said, "Today is September the Eleventh. I want you to pay special attention to the meaning of the words we say today, and I invite you to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance," my eyes started to tear.
Oh, shit, she's really doing it, isn't she?
I put my hand on my heart and just stood there, eyes burning, swallowing because I totally choked.
I still hummed when they got to the God part.