Pledging Allegiance

kids pledging allegiance

Pass It On is a new, bi-weekly peek inside the heart and mind of Francis Pass…


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I first remember reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in the first grade.

But what about kindergarten, you ask? Well, I didn’t attend kindergarten. In fact, I don’t think Dongola even had a kindergarten class back in my day.

My schooling began in the first grade. And ever since the first grade, I’ve been pledging allegiance to our American flag.

And ever since first grade, I've been pledging allegiance to our American flag

Have you ever stopped to think about how many people have given their all for Old Glory?

It’s gotta be in the hundreds of millions. All the way from our forefathers back then to the soldiers serving today.

And we would honor their sacrifice at the start of every school day by standing and saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

But, as I understand it, children don’t say the pledge in schools anymore. And that’s a darn shame.

When we pledge allegiance to our flag, we’re also pledging allegiance to everything the flag represents… like liberty, honor, and freedom.

Why take that away? It doesn’t make a lick of sense to me.

When you take away the pledge, what do we show allegiance to?

Don't you think that's worthy of our allegiance? I do.

I don’t think our young people make a pledge to anything nowadays… and that’s sad.

Because, when you take away the pledge, our nation will soon not have an allegiance to anything.

If you don’t pledge to liberty and freedom, it won’t be long before that liberty and freedom will go away and be forgotten.

In other words, if you don’t have a plan, someone will come up with one for you.

To me, America stands for freedom. And our flag represents those who forsake their lives in the pursuit of freedom. But we have so many freedoms in America that we oftentimes take them for granted.

Some people today are willing to give up those freedoms in exchange for an easy meal ticket. That baffles me.

This is the greatest country in the world. And we should act like it. That means setting aside any personal feelings, prejudices, agendas, or desires and standing as one for the playing of our National Anthem or the pledging of allegiance to our flag.

The American flag stands for liberty, freedom, and the pursuit of being whatever you want to be in life.

Don’t you think that’s worthy of our allegiance? I do.

But that’s just my opinion.

By the way, having an opinion is yet another freedom that the flag represents.

Happy Independence Day.

Thanks for readin’…

Francis Pass

P.S. – The Fourth of July would be a great time to start your very own Pledge of Allegiance Challenge. For the month of July, commit to starting every day by pledging allegiance to the flag. Get the whole family involved. I’ll do it. How about you?

a postage stamp of an American flag