Clergyman Francis Bellamy drafted his original 22 word sentence as a way to express "intelligent patriotism" in 1892.
Known as the Pledge, it read: "I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands - one nation indivisible - with liberty and justice for all."
The Pledge has changed as it has become a part of American life - recited in schools, citizenship ceremonies, and sporting events - everyone has a Pledge story! Even today the diversity of opinions surrounding the Pledge is played out on Facebook with various groups vying for your membership: The Pledge of Allegiance, The New Pledge of Allegiance and Not Saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
Happy 4th of July!