The Pledge of Allegiance is an oath of loyalty used in the United States. It is recited while facing the US flag with the right hand over the heart. The pledge has been modified slightly over the years and today is as follows:
“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.”
It was officially adopted by the United States Congress in 1942 and is currently recited when a Congressional session opens. It is also used by many other organizations, such as the Boy Scouts and Rotary Club, as well as in many schools at the beginning of the day. If you have ever wondered who wrote this famous pledge, continue reading to find out.
Who wrote the pledge of allegiance?
The original Pledge of Allegiance was written by Baptist minister Francis Bellamy in 1892. It was first published on September 8 in an issue of a popular children’s magazine called The Youth’s Companion. It was published as a part of the public school celebration of the 400th anniversary celebration of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas. The idea behind the pledge was a quick statement designed to instill patriotism from a young age. The original pledge was as follows:
“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
The Pledge of Allegiance was first used in public schools on October 12, 1892, during Columbus Day celebrations. It has undergone 4 changes since it was written, with the last change in 1954 to include “under God.”
Did you know?
The early salute used when taking the Pledge was called the Bellamy salute. It was replaced on December 22, 1942 because it was too similar to the Nazi salute.