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Today marks the anniversary of the date, back in 1942, when the United States officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance.
The original pledge which was written by Francis Bellamy was created to be recited in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the voyage of Christopher Columbus for a flag raising ceremony.
The original pledge read:
“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
In 1924 the pledge was changed to include the words “to the flag of the United States of America” to differentiate our flag from the flag of other nations and make sure that any immigrants were pledging to the US flag.
In 1954 at the request of the Knights of Columbus, the words “under God” where added.
Over the last few days, it appears that NBC caught a good deal of grief over its omission of the “under God” portion of the pledge during the U.S. Open.
There is a very famous Red Skelton skit about the Pledge of Allegiance which I will share on this anniversary day.