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Thursday, December 28, 2017

I Pledge

I have heard and said the Pledge of Allegiance since I was a young child. It was something that we did daily in the classroom. I had no idea how much history it had behind it though. If you are a history buff like me and even if you are not you may want to read all about it.... 

The pledge is an expression to the United States flag. It was composed by Admiral George Balch in 1887. It was revised in 1892 by Francis Bellamy. Some 50 years later December 28 1942 Congress would adopt the pledge. It was not until 1954 that the words "Under God" were added. 

As the pledge stands today the pledge in its current form was composed by Francis Bellamy. Bellamy was a Baptist minister and a Christian socialist. A previous version of the pledge had been created by Admiral George Balch. Balch had been a veteran of the civil war and later worked for the New York Board of Education. Both pledges would exist until 1923 when a National Flag Conference was hosted.

Balch desired to teach children of immigrants to be loyal to the United States. He worked with the government and other private organizations distributing flags to classrooms and schools. The Daughters of the American Revolution embraced Balch's pledge until the 1910s. Bellamy believed the pledge to be too juvenile and lacking of dignity.

I pledge allegiance to my flag, and the republic for which it stands. I pledge my head and my heart to God and my country. One country, one language and one flag.
— Balch Pledge of Allegiance

Bellamy pledge read: 
I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all

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