We all know the pledge as: ” 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”. The pledge was originally written in August of 1892 as:” I pledge allegiance to my flag and to 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 and in 1954 the words “under God” were added to make up the pledge we know today.
“I pledge allegiance” – I promise to be true
“to the flag” – to the symbol of our country
“of the United States of America” – each state that has joined to make our country
“and to the Republic” – country where government is of, for and by the people
“for which it stands” – the flag means the country
“one nation” – a single country
“under God” – a supreme being
“indivisible” – cannot be divided
“with Liberty and Justice” – with freedom and fairness
“for all” – for each and every person in the country
The pledge states that we are promising to be true to our country. Some nonreligious people think saying “under God” is offensive, but if you think about it everyone has a “God”. Everyone wants to put someone up as an idol. On the other hand, to a religious person, it is offensive when not aloud to talk about the Messiah. I have grown up saying the pledge everyday at the beginning of my day at school. There have been rumors that some teachers don’t require saying the pledge in their classrooms and they don’t even give children the chance to say it in the mornings anymore. Currently, there are only 5 states that do not require students to recite the pledge. They are as follows; Vermont, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Iowa and Wyoming, not Pennsylvania.
The pledge is a salute to our country, you don’t have to be religious to say God. I respect my country so I put my hand over my heart and I still say the pledge every morning. I believe that all students should be asked to stand and participate in the pledge unless they have a note from their parent with a decent reason. Leave comments with your opinion please.