The Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance honors our flag, the Star Spangled Banner, and our country.

The original pledge to the flag was co-written by Francis Bellamy and James B. Upham of the Boston based magazine, The Youth’s Companion. Mr. Upham was head of the circulation department of the magazine and Mr. Bellamy was a coworker of his. Francis Bellamy is more generally credited with the writing of the pledge. The Pledge first appeared in the September 8, 1892 issue of the magazine.

President Benjamin Harrison wanted the public schools to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ landing and the discovery of America. School children said the Pledge to the Flag for the first time after it was printed in The Youth’s Companion. Today, school children all over America say the Pledge every morning to began their school day.

Since that original pledge appeared in print over a century ago, the Pledge of Allegiance has changed very little. Actually only eight new words have been added to the original.

Below is the original Pledge to the Flag and the Pledge we say today.

Original Version

"I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the

Republic for which it stands, one Nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Today’s Version

"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."

Student Activity

Now that you know what a pledge is, it is time for you to create a pledge for your classroom.Think about how you would like to be treated and how you would like everyone else treated. Think what are the important rules you want obeyed.