The Pledge of Allegiance
"I pledge allegiance to my flag,
And to the republic for which it stands,
One nation indivisible,
With liberty and justice for all."
The pledge above as it appears at Bellamy's grave site in Rome, NY.
Congress added the words "under God" in 1954. In June 2002 a federal court ruled that the pledge is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion because of those words. That ruling is 'stayed' pending appeal.
Listen to what the late Red Skelton had to say about the Pledge of Allegiance on his television
- Francis Bellamy
— Born May 18, 1855
— Died August 28, 1931
— Buried in the Rome Cemetery
Rome, New York.