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Cooks and customers stand together and recite the Pledge of Allegiance on Sept. 11, 2012, at Chick and Ruth's Delly in Annapolis, Md., on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Restaurant owner Ted Levitt has been leading customers and employees in reciting the pledge the small diner every day since 1989 — a tradition started by his father, Chick Levitt, who opened the business in 1965. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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