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.
This 31-word pledge to our flag was originally written in August 1892 by Francis Bellamy. Though it has been modified some since it was originally penned, the current pledge has been in place since 1954. It should be recited while standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Hats should be removed with the right hand and held at the left shoulder, which naturally places the hand over the heart. Persons in uniform are to remain silent, face the flag, and salute.
Did you know …
The flag is considered in itself a living thing.
The flag is never to touch the ground or floor.
The flag is not to be flown in bad weather, unless it is an all-weather flag.
The flag should only be flown at night if properly illuminated, otherwise only from sunrise to sunset.
The flag is not to be flown upside down, unless it is a signal of an emergency.
The flag may cover a casket, but the stars should be at the head an over the left shoulder. It should never touch the ground or be lowered into the grave.
The flag can be displayed at polling places on election days, and at schools when school is in session.
The flag colors are white (signifies purity and innocence), red (represents hardiness and valor), and blue (implies vigilance, perseverance, and justice).
Flag Day established
On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress that read, “Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” And then on August 3rd, 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress officially designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.
Once the resolution passed, there were many attempts at a design. The layout of the stars wasn’t defined, and many patterns were used by flag makers. There could have been a ring of stars to symbolize the new constellation, which is what is called the “Betsy Ross Flag”. As states were admitted into the Union, it made more sense to make the stars into rows. In 1818 Congress enacted another Flag Resolution requiring that the number of stripes stay the same, but that the number of stars should always match the number of states. Any new stars would always be added on July 4th, following a state’s admission. The current design is the 27th, and the flag has been official since July 4, 1960. There are 50 white stars on a blue background, with 13 horizontal stripes (7 red, and 6 white) representing the original 13 states of the Union. The flag has alternative names of “Old Glory”, “Star-Spangled Banner”, and “Stars and Stripes”.
Symbols of patriotism can inspire, be a reminder, and may even tug at the heart. At what time in your life did you feel the most patriotic? Do you fly a flag? Feel free to share your thoughts, as we would love to hear from you!
Hello, I’m Lisa Warren. As a Web Merchandiser for Mardel, I write on Education, Jewelry, and Apparel for our web site. I write from the heart of being a wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and Women’s Ministry Coordinator at my church. More than anything else, I love the Lord.