Recite Pledge of Allegiance on Flag Day today

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Jun 14, 2014

 

As we celebrate Flag Day, I think it is important to understand the history of the Pledge of Allegiance.

This information was taken from a pamphlet prepared by the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.

In 1892, America was getting ready to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the landing of Christopher Columbus in the new world.

On Oct. 21, every schoolhouse in the U.S.A. would hold a flag raising ceremony and the children would salute the flag. This was an attempt to reawaken a feeling of patriotism.

The plan to revive patriotism was launched by the editors office of the Youth’s Companion, a magazine read by almost every schoolchild. An employee of the magazine, Francis Bellamy, was appointed chairman of the celebration. He convinced President Harrison to proclaim Columbus Day as a national holiday. Mr. Bellamy then set about to write a salute for the flag. After many attempts, he developed the following:

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO MY FLAG (he felt pledge was a better “school word’’ than vow or swear).

AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS (he felt republic was the form of government chosen by the founding fathers). 

ONE NATION INDIVISIBLE (the Civil War between the States had settled that the states could not be divided). WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL (the pledge seemed to assemble the past and promise the future). In 1924, the words — TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA — seemed logical as thousands of immigrants were coming to the U.S.A. They recited the Pledge as part of their naturalization process. In 1954, “one nation indivisible” became ONE NATION UNDER GOD. When reciting the Pledge, you should stand facing the flag and present the civilian salute — right hand over the heart keeping the arm at as near a right angle as possible. Be proud of our country and its flag.

—Terry Zeman
Port Clinton

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thinkagain

A country that allows murder of unborn children, marriage of homosexuals and denies America's Christian heritage is not a nation under God.

We are no longer one nation or indivisible. The anti-God liberal party has seen to that.

"can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?"

Stop It

Hee, hee....nary a bible verse for the flag or pledge of ALLEGIANCE? If you think this country was founded on christendom, you need further thoughts.

coasterfan

America was not founded as a Christian nation. In fact, several of the Founding Fathers were atheists or agnostics.

rottnrog

We tried a Christian society run by the rich as the repubs want.

It was called the DARK AGES for a reason !!!!!

IrishEyes

So few people display flags on their homes on holidays anymore. Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day...they're busy going to sales or having a backyard party, but can't find a minute to put up a flag.

Right after 9/11 there was so much patriotism. Flags were everywhere...on houses, cars, and T-shirts. How quickly we forget!

downthemiddle

Some are at sales, but many are just sick of obama's Godzilla-like rampage of America and all it stands for.

coasterfan

Anyone know what the heck Downthemiddle is talking about? Gotta love those vague accusations that don't state any concrete problems, much less anything that would back up those thoughts. We get it. You hate Obama...just because...

You must have absolutely HOWLED during the Bush years, when things were exponentially worse than they are now...

AJ Oliver

I'm a US army veteran, but am uncomfortable with loyalty oaths. The US is one of the few countries that has one. In general, nationalism/patriotism is dangerous because it makes people less skeptical of government than they should be. I well recall the mindless flag waving that went on during the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It makes not a whit of difference to me, but some of our right wing reader might be interested to know that Francis Bellamy was a socialist.

Donegan

Statism is always dangerous. The hypocritical statism displayed by some posters is scary. "I pledge to the united states when a Dem/Repub is in office but hate it when they aren't"
P.S Socialist are always statist, Gotta have a huge bureaucracy of a government to cover all the programs that will waste the taxpayers cash.