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Pledge of Allegiance

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 Pledge Allegiance - I Promise to be faithful and true (Promise my loyalty)
to the flag - to the emblem that stands for and represents
of the United States - all 50 states, each of them individual, and individually represented on the flag
of America - yet formed into a UNION of one Nation.
and to the Republic - And I also pledge my loyalty to the Government that is itself a Republic,
a form of government where the PEOPLE are sovereign,
for which it stands, - this government also being represented by the Flag to which I promise loyalty.
one Nation under God, - These 50 individual states are united as a single Republic under the Divine providence of God,
"our most powerful resource" (according to the words of President Eisenhower)
Indivisible, - and can not be separated.   (This part of the original version of the pledge was
written just 30 years after the beginning of the Civil War and demonstrates the unity sought
in the years after that divisive period in our history)
with Liberty - The people of this Nation being afforded the freedom to pursue "life, liberty, and happiness",
and Justice - And each person entitled to be treated justly, fairly, and according to proper law and principle,
for All. - And these principles afforded to EVERY AMERICAN, regardless of race, religion, color, creed,
or any other criteria.   Just as the flag represents 50 individual states that can not be divided or separated,
this Nation represents millions of people who can not be separated or divided.

On September 8, 1892 a Boston-based youth magazine

"The Youth's Companion" published a 22-word recitation

for school children to use during planned activities the following month to commemorate

the 400th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of America.

Under the title "The Pledge to the Flag",

the composition was the earliest version of what we now know as the


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