Sunday, July 3, 2011

~ Happy 4th of July! ~

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"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 Pledge of Allegiance received official recognition by Congress in an Act approved on June 22, 1942. However, the pledge was first published in 1892 in the Youth's Companion magazine in Boston, Massachusetts to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America, and was first used in public schools to celebrate Columbus Day on October 12, 1892.
In its original version, the pledge read "my flag" instead of "the flag of the United States." the change in the wording was adopted by the National Flag Conference in 1923. The rationale for the change was that it prevented ambiguity among foreign-born children and adults who might have the flag of their native land in mind when reciting the pledge.
The phrase "under God" was added to the pledge by a Congressional act approved on June 14, 1954. At that time, President 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."
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I hope that you and your loved ones have a fun, safe, blessed and very happy holiday!


9 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Happy 4th of July to you too, Pat! I hope you can relax and enjoy the day. I am working right thru the 4th this year but will be home in time to see the fireworks! Happy Sunday to you! xo Diana

Valene Marie said...

I love this post, and I learned a couple things I didn't know! I hope you and your family have a Blessed and very Happy 4th of July!!!!

XoXo

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Happy 4th to you Pat! Enjoy!~~

Karen said...

Happy fourth to you too. Hope you enjoy the day. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. I'm now following you as well.

Jenn @ Handmade Homebody said...

This is very interesting - thank you for posting! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!! Thanks for visiting my blog. :)
Jenn

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Hi Pat,
Thanks for the beautiful images. Thanks for visiting me. Have a wonderful 4th.

~ Regan said...

Good to know! I love fun facts like these :)
Hope you and yours have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Candace said...

Happy 4th of July, Pat! I really enjoyed your post. Hope you have a wonderful week. Stay cool, sweet friend!

Anonymous said...

Many thanks.