The Pledge

Flags Kit Carson Colorado  © Laurie Spurling

What do the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Knights of Columbus, and the U.S. Flag Code have to do with the Pledge of Allegiance?

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.

If you like a good story with political fireworks, take home a copy of The Pledge by Jeffrey Owen Jones or To the Flag by Richard Ellis this holiday.

Happy 4th of July!

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