Pledge of Allegiance Day is celebrated on December 28th, commemorating the date Congress implemented the oath into the US Code. Every American knows the words by heart, and could recite them even if woken up in the middle of the night. America is known for producing true patriots who love their homeland.
The oath has a long history, first introduced in 1885 by George Balch, a veteran rear admiral in the US Navy who served in several wars. However, the original version of the oath had nothing to do with the modern version. In 1892, Francis Bellamy, working for The Youth’s Companion magazine, was commissioned to write a patriotic poem dedicated to the anniversary of Columbus’s arrival on American soil. He was inspired by the idea and created a text that is very similar to the modern version.
- The “Bellamy oath” was used by the American military.
- Children in most schools say the text every day while putting their hand on their heart. This was not well-received by Jehovah’s Witnesses who felt it was contrary to their beliefs.
- The modern oath originated in 1954, adding the words “under God”. This has been much contested in the courts.
- For some time, there was debate about who the creator of the oath was, but it was later proved to be Francis.
How to take part
Learn more about the origin of the oath in Pledge of Allegiance Day! Educate yourself on the opinion of society and the disputes and conversations around it. Share this knowledge with friends. Take an oath – perhaps this is the best way to celebrate the holiday! Post congratulations posts on social media and add relevant hashtags to reach a wider audience.
When is Pledge of Allegiance Day celebrated in 2023?
Pledge of Allegiance Day is observed on December 28 each year.