When I was I school we started every school day with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and we stood with our hands over our heart as we said the words, once sacred but now to some of our citizens not so much!
I well remember in 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, when President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words “under God,” creating the 31-word pledge we say today. Will you say it with me now?
“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.”
When the National Anthem was played we were all on our feet, hands over our hearts, because of our respect. What does that word mean? Respect is a positive feeling of esteem or deference for a person or other entity, and also specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem. Respect can be a specific feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected. Wikipedia It seems that respect is lost because we haven’t demanded it from our young people and we haven’t demanded it from the people who have crossed our borders and take advantage of our country’s generosity but are unwilling to respect our Flag or our rules. If you live in this country and especially if you receive any type of assistance from this government then I don’t care if you get offended if I say the Pledge of Allegiance or sing the National Anthem! Other countries will have you expelled from their country for showing disrespect for their Flag or their laws and I think that is a good idea! We accept the huddled masses and it is time for the huddled masses to love the land they have come to for refuge. I feel that I can speak freely about this since my own grandparents came to this land from Armenia. They came here to have religious freedom, to be able to worship God and accept Jesus as His Son, because they were being slaughtered in their own country for doing just that! They loved this country and would never accept any food or assistance from the government, as they did not want to be considered a burden on the land that had given them asylum from their tormentors. When my grandmother died it was found that she had saved 63,000.00 in her lifetime and bear in mind that she died in 1953 which means that the bulk of that money was saved during the depression. I would say she was industrious, wouldn’t you?
OK so it’s the 7th inning stretch and I am asking you to sing this wonderful old hymn along with me in honor to our Mother Land, America!
“While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. “
God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.