I pledge allegiance” (I promise to be true)
“to the flag” (to the symbol of our country)
“of the United States of America” (each state that has joined to make our country)
“and to the Republic” (a republic is a country where the people choose others to make
laws for them -- the government is “of, by and for” the people)
“for which it stands,” (the flag means the country)
“one nation” (a single country)
“under God,” (the people believe in a supreme being)
“indivisible,” (the country cannot be split into parts)
“with Liberty and Justice” (with freedom and fairness)
“for all.” (for each person in the country...you and me!)
The pledge says you are promising to be true to the
United States of America!
History of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Written by a socialist minister Francis Bellamy in August of 1892.
His went a bit like this
"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
In 1923 the words "the Flag of the United States of America" were added.
In 1954 as the Communist threat was rather real President Eisenhower asked Congress to add the words "Under God"
Before World War II the flag was given a military flag but many believed it looked to much like the Nazi salute and the pledge was said with right hand over the heart.