Sunday, September 08, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 9-9 Pledge of Allegiance Day

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It's Pledge of Allegiance Day here in the United States.  The Pledge of Allegiance was first published by New York author Francis Bellamy in the magazine Youth's Companion. In time, the "Pledge of Allegiance" has been adopted as the official pledge to the flag for school children, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Knights of Columbus, Royal Rangers, Pathfinders, Toastmasters and other groups throughout the country. It was gathered participants.

Officially adopted by the US Congress in 1942, the pledge has been modified four times. The US Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that no one can be compelled to recite the Pledge, or punished for not doing so.  The official version according to the United States Flag Code reads:
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.
The code further states:  The Pledge of Allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.

While you are celebrating the Pledge of Allegiance, why not send your sweetie this Pledge of Allegiance Card pledging your loyalty to her. Just click on the caption below the picture of the man and boy saluting. The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself.

This is a side fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "landscape" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This will save you a lot of time for raising and lowering your flag.

© 2013 by Tom King

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