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Why are these children "sieg heiling" the American flag?

In this 1915 photo, the children appear to be raising their arms in a siege heil salute of the American flag. Actually, this gesture was part of the Pledge of Allegiance ritual for decades. Then, um, Hitler happened. From Smithsonian: Originally known as the Bellamy Salute, the gesture came to be in the 1890s, when the Pledge of Allegiance was …