Pledge Of Allegiance

Questions and Answers

How Did The Wording to the
Pledge of Allegiance Develop?

a an entire school pledges allegiance
An entire school pledges allegiance
to the flag...the Pledge of Allegiance
was originally written for school
children to market American Flags.
As stated, the original words of the Pledge of Allegiance weren't quite the same as what Americans recite today. The pledge evolved in parts and pieces...starting in 1923, when the National Flag Conference (a conference that would discuss and recommend certain procedures for dealing with the US flag to legislatures) recommended several changes.

The first recommendation was to change the words 'my flag' to 'the flag of the United States'. A year later, they added 'of America'. It wasn't adopted as the national pledge by congress until December 28, 1945.

In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill to add the words "under God" just after "one nation". Eisenhower had recommended the change to congress after hearing a sermon in a Presbyterian church.

Rev. Dr. George Docherty is the one who had delivered the sermon, and was even quoted when congressman Charles Oakman spoke to the house, urging them to pass the bill. He even ended his speech with, "Mr. Speaker, I think Mr. Docherty hit the nail square on the head."