"In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war." - President Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 14, 1954, on approving the addition of "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance
Watching the rally to support the military yesterday, I discovered that my four year old son knew the Pledge of Allegiance.
I must be slipping in my fatherly duties because I had no idea that Little Blackfive knew it (and neither did Mrs. Blackfive). But when it was recited during the opening of the rally to support the military, he stopped playing with his trains and stood up and recited it. I was overwhelmed by it for some reason...watching him stumble over the big words, hand over his heart, too serious for a four year old...I felt pride, concern, gratitude, love...
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
I had two thoughts at that moment.
We're not paying his pre-school teachers enough.
We've got to protect the pledge.