The Pledge of Allegiance, ‘America Under God’

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The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States is an expression of allegiance to the flag of the United States and the republic of the United States of America.

The pledge was 1st composed, with a text different from the 1 used today, by Captain George Thatcher Balch, a Union Army Officer during the Civil War and later a teacher of Patriotism in New York City schools

The Pledge of Allegiance we use today was written by Francis Bellamy in Y 1892 and formally adopted by Congress as the pledge in Y 1942, originally it did not include the phrase “under God.

Mr. Bellamy wanted the pledge to be used worldwide, however it became an American staple.

However, not until Y 1954, during the Communist uprising, that President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to make a change to unite the American people “under God,” notes: the revised wording is still used widely in public schools today but is contested by both religious and atheist parties, the law says 1 cannot be punished for not saying it.

The United States Flag Code says: 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,” that should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.

I said it every day for 12 yrs in grade and high school, and for 6 yrs in the US Marine Corps, it is the American mantra.

As a youngster, I was not only taught the words of the Pledge, but the meaning of every word therein, including ‘under God’. which includes all religions and races.

To this day, I continue to understand its true meaning. I follow it in my daily ways for I am a believer in America. Unlike today, then we were taught to respect on Flag, not disrespect it by trashing or  burning it,  and the values of  our Freedoms for we are the most Democratic Society of any nation on Earth, with opportunities for all people – male or female if one has the determination to work for it. 

I only hope that we stay that way and the younger generation understands how we fought to insure such liberties, The only words I can say is: “Thank you” to all who gave their lives in defense of our flag ” says Bruce WD Barren, Chairman at The EMCO/ Hanover Group.

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.

Members of the Armed Forces not in uniform and veterans may render the military salute in the manner provided for persons in uniform.

In February 2015 New Jersey Superior Court Judge David F. Bauman opined, “As a matter of historical tradition, the words ‘under God’ can no more be expunged from the national consciousness than the words ‘In God We Trust’ from every coin in the land, than the words ‘so help me God’ from every presidential oath since 1789, or than the prayer that has opened every congressional session of legislative business since 1787.”

Have a healthy day, Keep the Faith!