The Pledge of Allegiance. . .What a magnificent work of art it is!
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
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!
by Francis Scott Key. Released in 1814
♫ What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? ♪
♪ Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, ♫
♫ O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? ♪
♪ And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, ♫
♫ Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. ♪
♪ Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave! ♫
Pledge of Allegiance Day ! ! !
A Brief History:
History: The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by a socialist minister called Francis Bellamy who lived from 1855 to 1931. It was originally published in The “Youth’s Companion” on September 8, 1892. Francis Bellamy’s hope was that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country.
The Original Form Read: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
In 1923, the Words, “The Flag Of The United States Of America” Were Added to the Form to Read: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
In 1954, the Current 31-word Form Was Adopted in Response to the Communist Threat of the Times: When President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words “under God”. Bellamy’s daughter had objected to this alteration, but today it reads: “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.”
Why: The Pledge of Allegiance is a great symbolism, just like our U.S. flag being another of the greatest examples of symbolism of freedom! Nothing compares to the freedom of the U.S.! The meaning behind both are a foundation unexplainable to many. People die to keep the freedom that that both the pledge and the flag stand for. The pledge and flag literally brings people to knees.
Section 4 of the Flag Code States:
- The Pledge of Allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.
- When not in uniform, men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.
Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, while rendering the military salute.”
- The original Bellamy salute, first described in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, who authored the original Pledge of Allegiance, began with a military salute, and after reciting the words “to the flag,” the arm was extended toward the flag.
At a signal from the Principal the pupils, in ordered ranks, hands to the side, face the Flag.
- Another signal is given; every pupil gives the flag the military salute — right hand lifted, palm downward, to a line with the forehead and close to it.
- Standing thus, all repeat together, slowly, “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.” At the words, “to my Flag,” the right hand is extended gracefully, palm upward, toward the Flag, and remains in this gesture till the end of the affirmation; whereupon all hands immediately drop to the side.
When: The date December 28th commemorates the date Congress adopted the “The Pledge” into the United States Flag Code.
A Few Facts:
I am sharing a few facts, and more, some trivia, some not trivial. . .
- In World War II, the salute with the pledge was begun with the right hand over the heart, and after reciting “to the Flag,” the arm was extended toward the Flag, palm-down resembled the Nazi salute, so it was changed to keep the right hand over the heart throughout.
- There is an ongoing controversy for years over whether the words “under God” belong in the Pledge of Allegiance. Also whether or not it is appropriate being recanted in schools in some places has become a trend.
- The Pledge of Allegiance is symbolic to our freedom.
- More. . .
The pledge and the flag still flies high, to the day. They stand for the freedom it bears, and plenty of people are still willing to defend the pledge and the flag to today. Let’s keep the Bill of Rights and the Constitution in mind every time recant the Pledge of Allegiance and every time we see the flag!
We will NEVER, ever bend when it comes to freedom! We will not back down, we won’t bend! God Bless the U.S.A.!
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