Dwight D. Eisenhower June 14, 1954
FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty. To anyone who truly loves America, nothing could be more inspiring than to contemplate this rededication of our youth, on each school morning, to our country's true meaning.
Especially is this meaningful as we regard today's world. Over the globe, mankind has been cruelly torn by violence and brutality and, by the millions, deadened in mind and soul by a materialistic philosophy of life. Man everywhere is appalled by the prospect of atomic war. In this somber setting, this law and its effects today have profound meaning. In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource, in peace or in war.
During this time in America's history we were going through many turmoils. One of the big battles Americans were facing was Communism. On Lincolns birthday in 1954 some American Presidents attened the church that Lincoln attended. The pastor George MacPherson Docherty gave a sermon title "A New Birth of Freedom" based on the Gettysburg Address during the Civil War. In this sermon George explained that something is missing from the nations. A country should not lay in arms but it spirit and higher purpose. He also stated that the pledge that we have could fit any nation.
Upon hearing this sermon the next day Eisenhower acted on this idea and within a few short months a bill was passed declaring that "Under God" be added to the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Pledge has had many attempts since then to be changed due to the "Under God" addition. Oddly even the Jehovahs' Witnesses even have issue. We live in a great nation, and have the freedoms that no other can even come close too. The Pledge is not an idol, or something to take for granted. We are saying that we respect the authority granted to our country, and that its authority to rule is given by God. The pledge is something that each of us should be proud to say and get behind. It was meant to be said when you start the day. Not so that some government can keep control of you. Not so that the government can take advantage of your freedoms. It is so you can be proud of where you live, and where you work. It is to encourage each of us to take interest in our country and protect it.