“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”
Thirty-one eloquent words which makes many feel a part of something bigger. Words that have inspired patriotism, honor, and a sense of tradition for many of us. The Pledge of Allegiance has been recited in schools since 1892. Congressional sessions are opened with the pledge and it has been recited at civil, military, club, and other public functions.
Today, there are hundreds of challenges to the Pledge of Allegiance, stemming from claims it violates the First Amendment due to the the phrase “under God” and freedom of speech since it is required by law in some schools.
The phase “under God” was added in 1954, by the encouragement of President Eisenhower, in response to the Communist threat, believing that a true communist would dare not make such a pledge. In his attempt to root out the communist, President Eisenhower opened the door to these religious challenges.
What is more alarming are those who believe their right to free speech is being violated by requiring them to pledge thier allegiance to the Flag or the United States of American, the other 49 States, and our form of Government which unites us all. They fail to understand that we are ONE nation that should not be divided or alone and that we understand the rights to Liberty and Justice belongs to all of us.
Many still feel that sense of patriotism and honor to their Flag and Country when they recite the pledge. While some may protest and worry that they are being violated, others will still stand tall, put their hand over their heart, and tear up when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Not only do they recite it for themselves, but for fellow soldiers, airmen, and sailors who gave their all defending it.