The History of the American Pledge of Allegiance

Happy 4th of July! There are many beautiful traditions in this country. Some, like the “Pledge of Allegiance”, have a surprising history.

Sandi Krawchenko Altner

I feel very fortunate to be able to celebrate both Canada Day as well as Independence Day in America as I am a citizen of both countries.   I started my day by happening across a wonderful  version of “The Pledge of Allegiance” by Red Skelton which was first televised in 1969.  It was so moving that I had to share it in this blog.

And in case you were wondering how this custom originated, here is little about the history of the Pledge.

It all began in 1892 as a campaign to inspire patriotism and encourage schools to display the American flag.  It was the brainchild of James B. Upham, a marketer for a popular children’s magazine, who thought it would be a grand idea to involve school children in a special celebration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus. The plan was to have a…

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