“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 setting up our children’s learning routine, there were several areas of study on our list which we felt could not be overlooked. We carefully planned each course, knew the direction we wanted to move in, and proceeded with an open mind. It wasn’t until we joined a formal learning group for activities and socializing that it became obvious we had entirely skipped one particular point of learning. Our kids did not know the Pledge of Allegiance.
It’s funny how things like this seem to have skipped my mind entirely. While I am sure we said The Pledge in my younger years of education, I cannot for the life of me remember ever saying The Pledge in high school. (This is not to say we didn’t, but that I certainly do not recall having done so.) Therefore, when I went about setting up our own learning routine, saying The Pledge each morning did not even occur to me; not once.
It took several weeks of attending a homeschool co-op for our kids to finally get it down, but eventually we got it. In addition to the American Flag salute, we also learned the Christian Flag salute. By now, they have become second nature and the kids could say them front, back, and probably put them to song.
What’s interesting is that while we’ve learned this for group events, we still do not say The Pledge each morning. Frankly, it just doesn’t occur to me. It’s not that I am opposed to saying it. I suppose I’ve just never found it necessary. Please, don’t think us unpatriotic. We love being American; we love living in the United States. I believe it should to be said for public events and before particular celebrations. I just don’t know if this is something which my family needs to have as the starting point of each day. This is generally reserved for devotion.
I might also add I find it interesting that younger grades are encouraged to say The Pledge of Allegiance and yet higher learning establishments do not have this tradition, nor is this something done at the beginning of everyone’s day. It seems to be only an elementary learning practice. I feel a research project coming on…
Am I the odd man out? I’d love to know how other families tackle this sticky issue.
“If a man makes a vow to the LORD, or takes an oath to bind himself with a binding obligation, he shall not violate his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.”
~ Numbers 30:2
Your Turn!: Is saying a pledge to the nation’s flag only traditional for American citizens, or do other countries require this as well? Do you say The Pledge each day? Share with us why you do this and what importance you believe it plays in your home.