The Pledge of Allegiance: What Does it Mean to Me, to You and to Our Next Generations
Updated: Nov 22, 2019
Thirty-one words that helps all Americans everywhere to know that they are one people. Thirty-one words that that cements who Americans really are. No one or no country should ever forget that. There have been times when Americas enemies did. They, either did not know this, they dismissed it out of hand, or they just plain forgot it to their own demise. Just ask England, Germany, Japan, Iraq, Mexico, Spain and others. The thirty-one words of the Pledge of Allegiance helps bring us together as Americans like no other words can do, except, maybe, the Declaration of Independence itself. It helps define us and who we are.
A short while back, a friend of mine asked me what does the Pledge of Allegiance mean to me? I was not ready for that kind of a question, so, I had to think on it for a few moments before it come to me. As I was thinking, I started to remember all too well all the times I stood facing the flag with my hand over my heart reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in school as a child and all the many other times at special functions and events in school. It is something that I still do it to this very day. As those memories flooded my mind, I thought to myself, these are the memories that I have of the Pledge of Allegiance. The pledge is always with me, I don’t even have to think of the words, they just roll out. This is also just a small part of what makes me so proud to be an American. Proud despite those in the country that try to make me not feel that way and want me to be a victim for them in order to fleece me of my liberty (my freedom), my money, my guns and anything else that want to take away. To use me to make up their own powerbase using me, others, the uneducated and the weak minded. I do not and will not ever be duped by those charlatans. After reflecting for a few moments, I answered him with this: it means “unity, a showing of respect and love of our country, a love of who we are and all that we have done as a country and as a people for the entire world.” That’s what I told him with pride in my heat and soul.
There is something to be said about the value of one people coming together and reciting something as valuable as the Pledge of Allegiance is to all Americans. It is something we need and one piece of the glue that helps to bind us together. No matter any other differences. It helps us to face off the many enemies we have in the world today as one people. Enemies like China, Iran, North Korea and others, or the terrorist that seek to bring their form of evil destruction to our shores that we face daily. Those are our enemies on the outside and then there are those enemies that are within that we face daily as well. The ones who use their corrupt ideologies, medieval customs, their misguided faiths in other governing systems, their fake outrages and other such nonsense. With the Pledge of Allegiance we all can and should rejoice in the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and saying to those enemies that we are one nation, one people, and just like the old saying goes “don’t mess with Texas” “don’t mess with us” don’t mess with us as one people, as one nation, or even better yet, as one very independent “Republic.”
Our number one common core value as a people is our freedom. No other country has this instilled into their every bone as we do as Americans. A value that attracts so many around the world to us, because they do not in their own countries have the same freedoms or levels of freedom that we all enjoy as Americans. The American flag and our pledge symbolize this so well for all to see and hear, and for many others around the world, to hate. Just watch CNN International or other international media outlets. Their hatred is easily seen with open eyes. This article is not intended to address those that are against the pledge, the flag, or even our great republic here today, as this is not what this is about. This is about “Our Pledge of Allegiance.” We can do that later when they can prove they have an educated, intelligent argument that is worthy of such a discussion.
As not all children are reciting the Pledge of Allegiance daily in most school systems anymore because of some obscure sense of adult lunacy. We as wise adults, we must ensure that the pledge and what it means to us as an individual(s), as a people and as a republic is kept alive and well with our future generations. We must be the bulwarks today against those that would deprive them of having that feeling of unity for their nonsense reasons with their fellow Americans. It will be those in those future generations that will have to one day face Americas enemies. They will benefit in doing so from knowing the unity and sense of pride that comes from the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag and by knowing what it really means to them. What it really means to be an American. What enemy wants to face determined American warriors? Easy answer. None!
What does the Pledge of Allegiance mean to you?
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States:
"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."
Always remember that the Pledge of Allegiance is to be rendered while standing at attention, while facing the flag and with the right hand over the heart.