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Behind the Pledge of Allegiance

By Misty Aho, Intern

The Pledge of Allegiance has not always been the 31 words we all know. It has been changed repeatedly throughout the history of the United States.

In September 1892, a Boston magazine, The Youth's Companion, added a 23-word column for students to use during school activities. This was a way to honor the 400-year discovery of America, also know as Columbus Day.

That article read, "I pledge allegiance to my Flag, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Then June 14, 1923, people everywhere across the nation began to recite these words. At the first National Flag Conference meeting, people were concerned that immigrants would get confused with the statement, "my flag," so they changed it to "the flag of the United States." One year later, they added, "of America."

Since then the Pledge of Allegiance has been recited around the nation.

On Flag Day 1954, when the world was under communist threats, our 34th President of the United States signed the agreement to add, "Under God," into the Pledge of Allegiance. That man was President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Upon approval of adding these words, Eisenhower said, "In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war."

From thence on, the Pledge now reads; "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."