I Am Grateful For “The Pledge”


“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,”

I grew up repeating the above pledge my entire school life. Most often I said it because…well, that’s what we did each school morning. Every once in awhile I would ponder the words and it’s significance. When I did, I always felt good about it. It wasn’t so much the allegiance to my county that resonated, although I was always proud to be an American, it was the last part that penetrated.

“One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

And although I knew the country had it’s problems, and what country doesn’t; it was the ideal that we were “indivisible” and believed in “liberty and justice for all” and that God was watching over us. I mean, who wouldn’t want to aspire to those principles?

So while in many places the “Pledge of Allegiance” is no longer spoken or welcomed, I’m grateful I grew up in a time where the opportunity of repeating the lofty ideas my county was striving to be was verbalized daily. I can’t help but believe that it made me a more thoughtful, kinder, and therefore, a better person for so doing.

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