The 57th Anniversary of Flag Day

June 14, 2011 – Flag Day – will be the 57th anniversary of the first time the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the phrase, “under God”.  I have a copy of an old black and white photo of Congressmen and Senators standing on the back of a trailer with their hands over the hearts saying it for the first time.  Apparently, it was carried on the evening news that day.

Interesting, isn’t it, that the history of the Pledge of Allegiance is known by so few Americans.  We all know it like we know our own names.  It’s burned in our memories from years and years of recitation in grade school. And yet, we know nothing of the who, what or where of its creation.  More importantly, we know nothing of the “why” … why the Pledge was written and why it was changed twice.

As I’ve researched the Pledge, I’ve come to the realization that the history of the Pledge is as important as the words themselves.  Because the history of the Pledge of Allegiance is the history of America’s rejection of socialism.  For nearly 120 years, the Pledge has acted like a compass – pointing Americans toward true North – toward liberty and away from tyranny.

Today, much of the world is in an epic battle over tyranny and freedom, oppression and liberty.  Concerns that America is closer to socialism than ever before in her history do not warm the hearts of Americans. 

Let’s tell Americans about the history of the Pledge and let them know that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is like reciting a death wish over socialism.   Words matter.  And every word in the Pledge of Allegiance matters.   

 

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