Wording to the American Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag has been altered since its inception in 1892. Socialist minister, Francis Bellamy (1855-1931) originally published a shorter version in The Youth’s Companion.
In 1923, the words, “the Flag of the United States of America” were added.
In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words “under God,” creating the 31-word pledge we say today:
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
As a news reporter who covers town meetings, I stand with my right hand over my heart and repeat the Pledge of Allegiance frequently. Some people choose not to. Others choose to say the pledge but not the words, “under God.” That is their right and I’m thankful Americans have that choice.
The word God carries diverse undertones and meanings. God, to me, is love, love itself. With Flag Day, June 14, 2014, I can appreciate thinking on a A nation “under love.”