Pledge of Allegiance Day is celebrated on December 28 and commemorates the date that Congress implemented the oath into the US Code. Every American knows it by heart and will unmistakably tell it even if he is woken up in the middle of the night. America brings up true patriots who love their homeland.
The oath has an ancient history, it was first introduced in 1885. Written by George Balch, a veteran rear admiral in the US Navy who has served in several wars. You would not recognize the oath because it has nothing to do with the modern version. In 1892, Francis Bellamy, working for The Youth’s Companion magazine, received an unusual commission for him – to write a patriotic poem dedicated to the anniversary of Columbus’s arrival on American soil. The man was inspired by the idea and created a text that is very similar to the modern version.
It is noteworthy that:
- the “Bellamy oath” was used by the American military;
- children in most schools say the text every day, while they put their hand on their hearts. The idea did not sit well with 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 society could not come to a common opinion about the creator of the oath, but in the end it was proved that it was Francis who formed it.
How to celebrate
Learn more about the origin of the oath in Pledge of Allegiance Day! Learn about the opinion of society, disputes and conversations around her. Share information with friends. Take an oath – perhaps this is the best way to celebrate the holiday! Post a congratulations post on social networks and add thematic hashtags so that more people see the post.
When is Pledge of Allegiance Day celebrated in 2022?
Pledge of Allegiance Day is observed on December 28 each year.