I pledge allegiance to the distraction of news cycles.

27 Sep

By the way, this kerfuffle inspired me to look at the history of some of our symbols, songs, and rituals. It’s surprisingly interesting, to me at least.
1.) The pledge of allegiance was written by a socialist minister Francis Bellamy in 1892 intending to provide a mantra of submitting to the state for all countries. The original version did not mention the United States or God. Those were added later (1923 for US, 1954 for God). It was not made official until 1942.
2.) The original version of the pledge involved holding your right arm straight out open palm up or down toward the flag. The salute was derived from what was (incorrectly) believed to be an ancient Roman salute. They changed this to keeping your hand over your heart in 1942 for some reason. 😉 
3.) The Star-Spangled Banner was based on a poem called “Defense of Fort M’Henry” written in 1814 by a lawyer Francis Scott Key about the War of 1812 against the British. It was later set to music – ironically, a then-popular British tune “To Anacreon in Heaven” – and renamed to the Star-Spangled Banner.
4.) The Star-Spangled Banner was recognized as an official song by the US Navy in 1889, for the government in 1916, and as the national anthem in 1931. Prior to this, there was no national anthem, though other songs were often used unofficially such as “America the Beautiful.”
5.) The American flag does indeed date back to the American Revolution. It was designed and made official by the US Continental Congress in 1777. At the time, national flags were not a common thing, so it is believed (but not for certain) that it was intended to be a naval battle flag. However, the design has remained continuous since then.

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