Today in History: Pledge of Allegiance is First Used in Public Schools

| October 12, 2017

171009_news_219x365Composed by Baptist minister and Christian socialist Francis Bellamy, the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag and the United States of America was first used on Columbus Day, October 12, 1892, in public schools as a way to express national solidarity and patriotism. It was designed to be quick and to the point. Congress officially recognized the Pledge on June 22, 1942, during the middle of the second World War. Despite objections to the religious undertone, “under God”, it continues to be recited in schools, at baseball games, and many other places.

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