Pledge of Allegiance

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What is the Pledge of Allegiance? The words in the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States are an expression of allegiance to the flag of the United States and the republic of the United States of America.

Other fascinating facts:

  • “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”
  • The Pledge should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart
  • A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected president rather than a monarch
  • The stripes on the United States flag represent the original 13 Colonies
  • The stars on the United States flag represent the 50 states in the Union
  • The words in the Pledge represent a citizen’s commitment to the freedoms found in the United States Constitution
  • The words in the Pledge of Allegiance are taught to homeschoolers and elementary students across the country
  • The 31-words in the Pledge of Allegiance show an individual’s willingness to support the U.S. flag and the republic
  • “One Nation indivisible” referred to the outcome of the Civil War, and “Liberty and Justice for all”
    expressed the ideals of the Declaration of Independence
  • The Pledge received official recognition by Congress on June 22, 1942, when it was formally included in the U.S. Flag Code

Homeschoolers: Sketch/color an illustration. List five facts about the Pledge of Allegiance and explain its significance. Theme: Loyalty. Analogy: Read the story called Peter Heals Tabitha. Explain how Tabitha’s friends were loyal to her.

About Martha Quinn

Book author, licensed teacher, master's degree (Reading K-12, Social Studies 7-12). Former homeschooler. Happily married Christian with two terrific children. Loves animals, swimming, music, fishing, gardening, cooking, traveling, exciting movies, good books, and the great outdoors.

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