Wednesday, September 14, 2005

“I pledge allegiance...

... to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

A brief story of the Pledge of Allegiance. excerpts from The National Flag Day Foundation Inc.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States, was first given national publicity through the official program at the national public school celebration of Columbus Day in October 1892.

May 18, 1939, the American flag committee in material, which was naturally circulated, accepted the decision "let the flag float over every schoolhouse in the land and the exercise be such and shall impress upon our youth the patriotic duty of citizenship."

Also included was the original 23 words of the pledge. October 1892, the word "to" was added.

"I pledge allegiance to my flag, and (to) the Republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Columbus Day, October 1892, more than 12 million public school children in every state in the union repeated the Pledge of Allegiance.

Since then, the Pledge of Allegiance has been modified three times.

June 14, 1923 the words "the flag of the United States" replaced the words "my flag".

In 1924, the words "of America" was added.

On Flag Day June 14, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower approved the adding of the words "under God".

The Pledge of Allegiance continued to be recited daily by children in schools across America, and gained height popularity among adults during the patriotic fervor created by World War II. The pledge became official on June 22, 1942, when the United States Congress included the Pledge to the Flag in the United States flag code (title 36) at which it received its official title as: The Pledge of Allegiance.

September 2005, the ninth circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the words "under God" are unconstitutional.

Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, whether it states God or not, was created to show your allegiance to the United States of America and the patriotic duty to its citizenship.

Additionally, I feel that not only should the pledge be recited, but the meaning of the pledge itself be discussed in schools.

As the Spirit of America is being torn down almost daily, you have to ask yourself what is next.

Consider this, if the Pledge of Allegiance has been considered unconstitutional because it has the words "under God" in it, does this also mean that we will no longer fly the flag at schools because it might be seen as a symbol of God?


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