Our patriotic duty as parents and American citizens is to request our children learn and recite daily the Pledge of Allegiance at school, or teach it to them ourselves if homeschooling. Most of us already know this pledge, memorizing as we recited it daily at school, hand over heart.
If no one has explained the importance of the Pledge of Allegiance to your kids or if you, as a parent are not sure of its importance, we will go through it together. An easy-to-memorize one-sentence oath of patriotism, dating back to 1892, reciting today’s revised-1954 version found online at Wikipedia.org.
The Pledge of Allegiance
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”
A hand-over-heart oath of patriotism, promising to honor, preserve and protect all the wonderful things that the United States of America and our USA flag stands for. The website UnderGodProCon.org credits George T. Balch, a New York kindergarten teacher for initiating a “Good Citizenship” campaign for public school children and foreigners, using his 1887 handbook “Methods of Teaching Patriotism in the Public Schools.”
Balch’s campaign and writings inspired cousins Francis and Edward Bellamy to co-author the Pledge of Allegiance, presented for Columbus Day celebrations back in 1892. The Pledge of Allegiance became part of our U.S. flag code in 1942, and symbolizes American history, fraught with disasters, wars, struggles, triumphs and successes to become one of the greatest nations in the world.
American citizens “pledge” to come together, united as one group of like-minded people with a single loyalty. We vow to come together as one big family under God’s watchful protection, in defense of our country to keep America safe from tyranny or take-over.
Together we are “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” as proudly proclaimed in “The Star Spangled Banner,” America’s national anthem; see the article “Teaching School-Age Kids U.S. & State Songs” on my news page at AssociatedContent.com/cmajors. It is our responsibility and our privilege to make sure our children learn patriotism and take pride in being free American citizens.