The Pledge of Allegiance
"I pledge allegiance"
(I promise to be true and loyal)
"to the flag"
(to the symbol of our country)
"of the United States of America"
(each state that has joined to make our country)
"and to the Republic"
(a republic is a country where the people choose others to make laws for them -- the government is for the people)
"for which it stands,"
(the flag means the country)
(a single country)
(the people believe in a Supreme Being)
(the country cannot be split into parts)
"with liberty and justice"
(with freedom and the upholding of the laws and principles of the land)
(for every AMERICAN regardless of race, color, or creed)
I remember assembling before school when in 1st grade with the entire school including teachers, staff, and students to recite the pledge, and sing the National Anthem every morning. I wonder how students today would react, especially in those protesting schools, if they also were required to do so. Why don't most schools do this anymore anyway? What's wrong with understanding your country's creeds?