Published: Sep 26, 2012 4:41 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 27, 2012 6:32 AM EDT

UNDATED (AP) - Students around the country have prayed around their school flagpoles in what has become an annual event.

"See You At The Pole" started more than 20 years ago in Burleson, Texas, and is now held on thousands of high school and junior high school campuses nationwide on the fourth Wednesday in September.

In Irving, Texas, MacArthur High School student Salina Shaw told KCBI radio, "I think it's important to take a stand and show your peers and teachers who you are and what you stand for."

In Minnesota, KTIS radio interviewed students taking part in "See You At The Pole" events in Blaine and Delano schools.

The students held hands, sang hymns and prayed for each other, for their schools and for the country.

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