I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.[Insert sound of screeching breaks] Wait a minute, where's the "under God?" He just left out the "under God!" Did I hear that right? When did they change the pledge? This isn't the pledge I learned in school! How could I not know that the pledge was changed? " This rendition of the pledge really ruffled my feathers. (Note to self: Stop trying to get by glimpsing at the Yahoo headlines, watch the news more!)
Breathe...listen...learn. The person reading the pledge, went on to say that in his life time the words "under God" were added to the pledge and Alaska and Hawaii became states. Wouldn't it be ashame if the students quit learning the pledge because of these two words, he asked.
Still not convinced that the words "under God" weren't always in the pledge, I brought it up with my "lunch bunch" at work. Our conversation went something like this?
Girl 1: "What radio station were you listening to?"
Me: "Some country one...I don't know which one!"
Girl 2: "Oh, I bet it was "xyz!" They do that every morning. It is some Senator talking! He probably knows what he is talking about...I doubt he'd make that up."
Girl 1: "When did Alaska and Hawaii become states?"
Girl 2: "I don't know, how's your pasta?"
Girl 1: "Great, it comes with its own strainer on the container."
They clearly weren't as distressed over this as I was. And went home thinking that voice on the radio was smoking crack. So this morning, I did a bit of research. My findings:
- the words, "under God" were added to the pledge in 1954.
- Eisenhower was president at the time and signed the bill to change the pledge.
- The man to first initiate the addition of "under God" to the Pledge was Louis A. Bowman (1872-1959).
Oh, and by the way, if you were wondering...Alaska and Hawaii became states in 1959.