The Pledge of Allegiance is not a verse composed by the Founding Fathers of our republic. It was written especially for children in the summer is 1892 to commemorate that years celebration of Columbus Day in public schools through out the country.
The pledge first appeared in print on September 8, 1892, in The Youths Companion, an educational publication. In its original form, it read: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which is standsone nation indivisiblewith liberty and justice for all.” Its author was Francis Bellamy, an assistant editor of The Youths Companion, who intended it for a one-time recitation. But its immediate popularity transformed it first into an annual Columbus Day tradition and then into a daily classroom ritual. It became one of the earliest verses memorized by students.
Since its debut, Bellamys pledge has undergone two major alterations. In 1923, the National Flag Conference of the American Legion replaced the somewhat ambiguously personal “my Flag” wording with the more explicitly patriotic “the Flag of the United States of America.” And in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill that added the words “Under God.”