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S.L. urged to update words on statue

The debate over "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance has taken on a local flavor with some suburbanites asking the Salt Lake mayor's office to consider adding the words to a city statue.

The monument, erected in 1937 and featuring bronzes of a boy and girl pointing up to a flagpole where the U.S. flag is displayed, bears on its pedestal an inscription of the pledge without the phrase "under God," which was added by Congress in 1954.

Deeda Seed, spokeswoman for the mayor's office, said adding the words would be an expensive undertaking because the monument would have to be recast.

The effort would likely cost between $2,000 and $8,000, officials said.

In addition, the City-County Building Conservancy Committee is generally loath to change the historic grounds.

A committee decision can be overridden by the mayor or City Council.