Sunday, September 14, 2008

Teaching Patriotism

Did you know it is State Law in Tennessee to have school students observe a moment of silence and say the Pledge of Allegiance everyday? How awesome is that? Fiona's school takes it one step further and also sings a patriotic song everyday. What a great way to teach patriotism.

Aida is in Pre-K and also does the Pledge of Allegiance. She was reciting it to me tonight. Where we came from, they only did it once a week, which was somewhat disappointing. I always feel a sense of pride in country when I hear it and say it. I think my girls do too.

Here is some info I found about the oath:

The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States flag is an oath of loyalty to the country. It is recited at many public events. Congress sessions open with the recitation of the Pledge.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag reads as follows:

"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."

It should be recited by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious 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.

Some interesting facts:

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy (1855-1931), a Baptist minister.

Bellamy's original Pledge read, "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

The pledge was supposed to be quick and to the point. Bellamy designed it to be stated in 15 seconds. He had initially also considered using the words equality and fraternity but decided they were too controversial since many people opposed equal rights for women and blacks.

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