The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States was originally composed by Francis Bellamy in 1892 and was formally adopted by Congress as the pledge in 1942. The official name of The Pledge of Allegiance was adopted in 1945. The last change in language came on Flag Day 1954 when the words “under God” were added. When you pledge allegiance to the flag, you promise loyalty and devotion to your nation.
I pledge allegiance… (You promise to be true)
…to the flag… (to the emblem of your country)
… of the United States of America… (a nation made up of fifty states and several territories, each with certain rights of its own)
… and to the republic… (a country where the people elect representatives from among themselves to make laws for them)
…for which it stands… (the flag represents the United States of America)
… one nation under God,… (a country whose people are free to believe in God)
… indivisible,… (the nation cannot be split into parts)
… with liberty and justice… (with freedom and fairness)
…for all. … (for every person in the country – you and every other American.)
Section 4 of the Flag Code states:
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag: “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.”, 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, and render the military salute.”
I have not found anyone who could say and explain our Pledge of Allegiance better than Red Skelton does in this video. The ending is surprising and almost prophetic.
The following are the words spoken by the late Red Skelton on his television program as he related the story of his teacher, Mr. Laswell, who felt his students had come to think of the Pledge of Allegiance as merely something to recite in class each day. Now, more than ever, listen to the meaning of these words.
“I’ve been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you. If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word?”
- me, an individual, a committee of one.
- dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self pity.
- my love and my devotion.
- To the flag
- our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there’s respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody’s job!
- that means that we have all come together.
- individual communities that have united into 48 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’s love for country.
- And to the 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”
- 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 quality of dealing fairly with others.
- For all
- which means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.
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?
God Bless America!