I - - Me; an individual; a committee of one. Pledge - - Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity. Allegiance - - My love and my devotion. To the Flag - - Our standard; Old Glory ; a symbol of Freedom; wherever she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, Freedom is everybody's job. United - - That means that we have all come together. States - - Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that is love for country. And to the Republic - - Republic--a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people; and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people. For which it stands One Nation - - One Nation--meaning, so blessed by God. Indivisible - - Incapable of being divided. With Liberty - - Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one's own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation. And Justice - - The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others. For All - - For All--which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine. And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the 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, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: Under God . Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools, too? Red Skelton
On September 8,1892, the Boston based "The Youth's Companion" magazine
published a few words for students to repeat on Columbus Day that year.
Written by Francis Bellamy,the circulation manager and native of Rome,
New York, and reprinted on thousands of leaflets, was sent out to
public schools across the country. On October 12, 1892, the
quadricentennial of Columbus' arrival, more than 12 million children
recited the Pledge of Allegiance, thus beginning a required school-day
At the first National Flag Conference in Washington .,
on June14, 1923, a change was made. For clarity, the words "the Flag of the United
States" replaced "my flag". In the following years various other changes
were suggested but were never formally adopted.
It was not until 1942 that Congress officially recognized the Pledge
of Allegiance. One year later, in June 1943, the Supreme Court ruled that
school children could not be forced to recite it. In fact,today only half of
our fifty states have laws that encourage the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance
in the classroom!
In June of 1954 an amendment was made to add the words "under God". Then-President
Dwight D. Eisenhower said "In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence
of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall
constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our
country's most powerful resource in peace and war."
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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.