turn and face the Flag

Today during convocation we had a military veteran speak.  He did an amazing job and gave a fantastic challenge.  It has made me think about something that I said hundreds of times growing up, The Pledge of Allegiance.  I know that Veteran’s Day is Friday but I thought I would just go ahead and post now.

We all know the Pledge goes like this:

  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.”

When we say those words this is what we mean:

(I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE) I Promise to be faithful and true

(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 cannot 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 LIBRTY) 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 cannot be divided or separated, this Nation represents millions of people who cannot be separated or divided.

                So today say the Pledge again and remember what it really means. 

** I found this information at homeofheroes.com**

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