Pledge of Allegiance

Posted on March 4, 2011. Filed under: Historic Documents |

From  its first 23 words penned in 1892 to the official version of 31 words adopted in 1954 the pledge of Allegiance is more than to just a flag it is more now about a way of life and the principles that set this country apart from many others.

 The original version as penned by Francis Bellamy and James Upham first appeared in the September 8, 1892 issue of “The Youth’s Companion”, and a month later more than 12 million school children recited the words for the first time in schools across the nation.    

I pledge allegiance to my Flag,
and to the Republic for which it stands:
one Nation indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.

 It wouldn’t be until Flag Day June 14, 1923, the Pledge received major attention from adults who had gathered for the first National Flag Conference in Washington, D.C.  There they addressed a few concerns with the pledge and added a few changes the end result was …

 I pledge allegiance to the
Flag of the United States,
and to the Republic for which it stands:

one Nation indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all

A year later, June 14 1924, they would make another change …

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

While still part of school children’s every day lives it would not gain popularity with  adults until WWII.  It still was an “unofficial” pledge until June 22, 1942 when the United States Congress included the Pledge to the Flag in the United States Flag Code (Title 36).  Still the pledge was not quite complete and would be changed again in 1954.  In enacting that change then President Eisenhower would say about adding “Under God” to the pledge… 

“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.”

those changes led us today to this Official version of 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 under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.

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