Next time you recite the Pledge of Allegiance, you might want to thank Christopher Columbus and its author Francis Bellamy.
The history of the Pledge of Allegiance:
The year was 1892, and all America was getting ready to celebrate the 400 th anniversary of the voyage of Columbus to the new world.
“It was a warm evening in August 1892 in my office at the Youth Companion in Boston that I sat down to write the words of the Salute to the Flag. I worked on it for three hours and threw into the wastebasket many attempts.
“The first words I decided on were ‘I pledge allegiance to my flag.’ I felt that ‘pledge’ was a better school word that vow or swear.
“Then, would it by ‘country,’ ‘nation’ or ‘Republic’? Republic won because it distinguished the form of government chosen by our founding fathers. So I added: ‘And to the Republic for which it stands.’ Then I felt that I must describe the Republic so I added one line, “One Nation, indivisible,’ for the Civil War between the States had settled that the States could not be divided. Then we should close by a line telling what the big united idea of the America people was—so I included that in the last line.
“’With liberty and justice for all.’
“As the final line, it seemed to assemble the past and to promise the future.
“And there is the story of how I wrote the Pledge. The first time I heard it was Columbus Day 1892 when 6,000 high school boys and girls in Boston roared it out together. It thrilled me.”
“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.”