December 28th is National Pledge of Allegiance Day.
At Cattime we like to acknowledge National Days whenever possible and even get kitty cats in on the action.
Here are some cats that would like to give a paw, and a salute to National Pledge of Allegiance Day.
Where Did National Pledge Of Allegiance Day Come From?
National Pledge of Allegiance Day was first recognized by an act of Congress on December 28, 1945.
The Pledge of Allegiance in it’s original form was intended for citizens to use in any country. This is how it went:
“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
This early version was written in August of 1892 by Francis Bellamy. The early rendition began with a military salute. At the part where it says “to the flag” the arm would extend toward the flag. Unfortunately, it looked very similar to the Nazi salute. The government changed that, for obvious reasons, to simply putting your hand over your heart and reciting the words.
In 1954 President Eisenhower asked Congress to add the words “Under God.” Since then, Congress has added other words to make it the Pledge of Allegiance that we know today, which has thirty-one words.
Here’s The Pledge We Know Today
“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 can remember learning the Pledge of Allegiance in Kindergarten. There’d be an intercom announcement saying, “Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.” Then, the teacher would say, “Put your right hand over your heart.” Then everyone in unison would say The Pledge.
Do you remember learning The Pledge of Allegiance? Did you have The Pledge in high school? I only had it in elementary and junior high, so let me know in the comments below!