In Gratitude

The holidays are upon us.  It’s a special time of year.  Family members gather, friends remember friends, and it seems that people are just a little bit kinder, a little bit more willing to provide help, and a little bit more willing to give service to those in need, and a little bit more appreciative of what we enjoy living in the United States of America.

As I reflect on the time that both my husband and I served our country during the era of the Vietnam war, I am appreciative of the United States flag and what it represents.  I thought that perhaps a small history lesson might be of interest concerning our flag and the Pledge of Allegiance.

There are five official versions of the pledge that history records.

 

1892

“ I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

 

1892 to 1923

“I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for which it stands:  one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

 

1923 to 1924

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States and to the republic for which it stands:  one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

 

1924 to 1954

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands; one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

1954 to Present

“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.”

With so many advantages that we enjoy living in the United States of America, I thought that it might be appropriate to take a minute and reflect on those brave individuals who first came to this land to settle it.  The hardships and trials they endured set a standard for pioneers who spread across the land and survived against tremendous odds to live and help forge this nation to what it is today.

We have modern day pioneers who are serving in countries abroad, from various military branches, defending the values, life style, and rights that we enjoy.  They are trying to make a difference in the countries in which they are deplored away from spouse, children, and family.  They deserve our appreciation and respect.  When we honor our flag we honor them.

Have a wonderful holiday season!