Move your mouse over me

Follow Us

 
advertise with us
 

Francis Bellamy And The Pledge Of Allegiance

Francis Bellamy (1855-1931) wrote the Pledge of Allegiance for observance of the 400th Anniversary of the discovery of America by Columbus. He was assistant editor for "Youth's Companion", a juvenile periodical. His job was to promote patriotism and the flying of the flag over public schools. He was made chairman of the executive committee for the National Public School Celebration of Columbus Day in 1892. He felt every public and private school in the land should fly the flag.

Bellamy visited President Benjamin Harrison in Washington, D.C., to ask him to endorse the idea of a flag over every school and the teaching of patriotism in all schools. On June 21, 1892, President Harrison signed the proclamation which read: "Let the National Flag float over every school house in the country and the exercises be such as shall impress upon our youth the patriotic duties of American citizenship."

Bellamy wrote these now famous words, first printed in "Youth's Companion" on September 8, 1892:

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.

At the Second National Flag Conference held in Washington. D.C., on Flag Day, 1924, they added the words "of America".

A further change was made by House Joint Resolution 234, approved by President Dwight Eisenhower on June 14, 1954. This amended the language by, adding the words "under God". So that it 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.

Often we hear people recite the pledge: "...one Nation (pause) under God.." There is no comma after 'Nation', and no reason to pause there as many people do. This extra pause totally destroys the rhythm and meaning of these great lines. After all, the concept of one nation under God is a precious and valued thing.

PLEASE TEACH YOUR CUB SCOUTS AND PARENTS TO REPEAT IT PROPERLY!

 







  Other Pages you May Like


 


Controls

User:
  PW:
 
Forgot Password     Signup



Search:

About | Sitemap | Advertise | Contact | Disclaimer | Privacy Statement
 
Signup for Newsletter
 

Helping Scout leaders one resource at a time...


Managed by SRsquare and Generously hosted by Techya http://techya.net/

Materials found on the InsaneScouter's Website © 1998 - 2017 may be reproduced and used by all Scouting volunteers for anything consistent with Scouting and Guiding Organizations. Unless otherwise noted on the page. If you believe we are republishing your copyrighted material without permission, please Contact Us including the link/url of said content to have it removed or your copyright information added.

Please be advised that InsaneScouter is NOT affiliated with any Scouting or Guiding Organization.

All opinions expressed on these pages are those of the original authors. All holdings are subject to this Disclaimer.