Pledge Allegiance to the USA
- Whitney Hopler Live It Editor
- 2002 7 Jul
Here are some ways you can embrace the meaning behind the words in the Pledge of Allegiance:
- I You are singularly responsible for contributing positively to our nation by being a faithful citizen. Your attitudes and actions matter; they affect the greater good for us all.
- pledge You make a sacred commitment to our country and keep your oath even in difficult times because of your patriotism and gratitude for our freedom.
- allegiance You will be loyal to your nation, expressing your devotion however you can and serving diligently when called upon.
- to the flag You will honor the American flag, the symbol of our nation. You will celebrate the privilege of being an American.
- of the United States of America You will stand in solidarity with other Americans, united by your mutual love for freedom.
- and to the republic You will fulfill your civic duties to help maintain a strong government. You will vote, pay taxes, volunteer, obey laws, serve in the military and on court juries, and contribute in whatever other ways God leads.
- for which it stands You will affirm and proclaim to the world that what Americans believe is worth believing.
- one nation You will work together with others as part of a diverse group working in unity toward the common goals of maintaining freedom and making progress in our national affairs.
- under God You recognize that our country was built on the foundation of faith. You will thank God for His blessings and look to Him for guidance. You will pray regularly for our nation and, its leaders, and your fellow citizens.
- indivisible You resolve to make unity a daily priority in your interactions with other Americans. You share a commitment to democracy with other citizens.
- with liberty You will courageously defend freedom however you can, from threats such as terrorism and civil unrest.
- and justice You will strive to do what is right in God's sight and treat other people fairly and equitably.
- for all You will think of what is good for others, not just for yourself. You will remember that America is a place for everyone, young and old, male and female, healthy and sick, and all races, cultures, and economic levels.
Adapted from I Pledge Allegiance, copyright 2002 by D.K. Webb. Published by Howard Publishing Co., Inc., West Monroe, La., www.howardpublishing.com.
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