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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Liberty & Justice

This Day in History, December 28, 1945


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.

Why do we say the pledge? The pledging of the flag has incited controversy for most of the pledge's 120-year history. That stands without question. To say it is patriotic represents loyalty to America. Whether or not a person says the pledge is that person's first amendment right. It is most important to remember, however, for every person who stands against the pledge, there are those who are in favor of the pledge. While one may fight to have something changed or removed, the other has just as much right to keep in intact.




Pledge of Allegiance Day


The Pledge received official recognition by Congress June 22, 1942 when it was formally included in the U.S. Flag Code. The official name, The Pledge of Allegiance, was formally recognized on December 28,1945

How much do YOU know about America's Pledge of Allegiance?

The Pledge of Allegiance was written for the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America. Although never copyrighted, the Pledge is recorded to have been originally composed by Francis Bellamy in 1892. Bellamy's intention was creation of a pledge that would be used by the citizens of any country. The Pledge has been modified four times since its composition. One of the changes reflects replacement of "my flag" to "the flag of the United States" thus avoiding confusion among persons foreign born who might have in mind the flag of the country of their birth.

Official versions
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changes in red bold italics)
1892
"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
1892 to 1922
"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
1923
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States, and to the republic for which it stands;

one Nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all."
1924 to 1954
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands;

one Nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all."
1954 to Present
"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."
 

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As you watch the video and listen to the words of Red Skelton, keep in mind the year this was produced1969!



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Meaning, Phrase by Phrase...
I pledge allegiance” (a promise to be true)

to the flag” (the symbol of our country)

of the United States of America” (each state that has joined the union)

and to the Republic” (a country where the people choose others to make laws for them -- the government is “of, by and for” the people)

for which it stands,” (the flag meaning the country)

one nation” (a single country)

under God,” (belief in a supreme being)

indivisible,” (unable to be divided or separated, united)

with Liberty and Justice” (freedom and fairness)

for all.” (each person in the country...you and me!)

The pledge says you are promising to be loyal to the United States of America!
Military Connection...
...the next time you say the Pledge of Allegiance, you must never forget the sacrifice and courage that thousands of Americans have made to build our nation and promote freedom around the world.

You must remember our duty, our honor and our country.
From a speech made by Capt. John S. McCain, US, (Rep) who represents Arizona in the US Senate.

 
Embrace the Past...

Melancholy Soldier

Arguments Englishmen used against the King and his use of taxation and an army would later influence thinking of the American colonists. Within battlefields of their homeland lay the ghosts of their ancestry.

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Fields of battle now a lonely place
Bare bloody images and broken bone
Only a few forlorn soldiers left
Anticipate the joy of going home

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 Lofty winds have blown
Along with hail, show, and rain
But this day all's calm
For in death there is no pain

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 Once resting in a damp, creepy barn
Or peacefully nestled beneath a hedge
A soldier pays homage to his homeland
Never questioning loyalty or pledge

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 Now on the eve of departure
He considers those soon left behind
Memories abate lonliness
Succumbing a little peace of mind

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In dreams he holds his soul mate's hand
A vision that makes his life complete
Solemnly he ponders life's games
Together they will one day compete

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  "On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind." Dan Lipinski