Updated: May 31
If you attended public school over the last fifty years, you said it hundreds of times. So much so that standing with hand over heart, facing the flag the words became automatic, perhaps lost their meaning. To refresh your memory:
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.
The first pledge was written by Civil War veteran, George T. Balch, but the pledge we know it was written by Francis Bellamy in 1892. The pledge isn't just for children as every session of Congress and many other government meetings begin with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Read it again now and think how far we've strayed.
At this minute in addition to battling a lethal disease our country is at war from factions within. The words of the Pledge of Allegiance have never been more important. Not a single word is wasted, each holds truth and clear meaning. We love our country and today we weep for it. May indivisible be a concept we can believe in again. May liberty and justice be restored for every soul and again be our beloved way of life.
Write how you are communicating with your children today, what you are telling them, how you are explaining what they are seeing on TV and hearing about from within the family circle. Most of all, let them know that by the grace of God we will pass through this terrible time and return to the way of life we know and love.