The Pledge of Allegiance

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.

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4 Comments on “The Pledge of Allegiance”

  1. This article is wonderful! I feel that more people should stand up and say the pledge with respect and poise in honor of the people who fought for our country. We might not have a perfect government system…but it is one of the best. Be thankful for what you have and say the pledge to respect the people that fought for you to have it.

  2. I feel that it is a necessity for Americans to stand for the pledge. So many people have died, become prisoners, and lost every freedom they have so that we can have the CHOICE to stand for the pledge. Why wouldn’t you not? Our country is a beautiful place and the least we can do is pay our respects to those who make this life possible. If you do not believe in saying “under God”, then skip that part. The pledge still needs to be said. Take a moment to honor the people of your country, especially those who’ve lost everything they have for your freedom.

  3. It is frustrating when I, the teacher, am the only one saying the Pledge. I hope students realize that so many people BEFORE us died and were persecuted for the rights that we have today. I don’t think it’s too much to ask to stand up for 15-20 seconds and be little bit patriotic and thankful. USA! GO RAIDERS! 🙂

  4. Although this article and the previous comments have made fair and interesting points, I would like to comment on the sentence towards the end stating that “The pledge is a salute to our country, you don’t have to be religious to say God”. It is every bit as important to respect those who choose *not* to say the “under God” portion of the Pledge as it is important to be respectful and stand while the Pledge is being said. This is the case particularly because, interestingly enough, “under God” was not added to the Pledge until the 50s as a part of the Cold War…a change that some were and are not in favor of.

    It is also imperative that we as Americans truly understand the Pledge- if we say it merely because everyone else is doing it or because we are forced, the meaning is lost. If, as the author feels would be proper, students were *required* to say the Pledge, the Pledge would not have the significance that it should. While it is certainly important to be respectful, I do not believe that mandatory participation without a parental note would be a wise decision.

    On another note: I very much enjoy the online Tomahawk Talk, but it is disappointing to see articles where the author refers to themselves and their own opinions without identifying themselves. Obviously if some students feel uncomfortable putting their name online, that is fair…but I think that it would be a nice way to give students credit and make things feel more professional!

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