3 Pledges to Start Your Homeschool Day

On September 8, 1892, the original, 23-word Pledge of Allegiance was published for the first time in the Youth’s Companion. Today, 125 years later, the revised version credited to Francis Bellamy is still recited daily in many schools and homeschools across the country.

Since 1954, the Pledge of Allegiance has remained unchanged since the words “under God” were added. Originally, that phrase had been purposefully excluded due to Bellamy’s strong belief in the separation of church and state.

According to the United States Flag Code, the official manner of delivery involves rendering the pledge “by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform, men should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.”

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.

In addition to the historic oath for the U.S. flag, your family may also consider memorizing two other important pledges to recite at the beginning of your homeschool day.

Pledge to the Christian Flag
I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior for whose Kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty to all who believe.

Pledge to the Bible
I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word. I will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path and will hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God.

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