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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

To the Republic: 1942

To the Republic: 1942

May 1942. "Southington, Connecticut. Schoolchildren pledging allegiance to the flag." Photo by Fenno Jacobs for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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Pledging allegiance

About a month ago, I was fortunate enough to be a guest at an elementary school assembly in Chihuahua, Mexico. There, a young child stood in front of the Mexican flag and extended her hand, palm down, slightly upraised. She began the pledge and her classmates did as she did, and pledged,too. It was altogether touching, once I got over the initial surprise.

Flag Code, Section 4

The original Bellamy salute, first described in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, who authored the original Pledge, began with a military salute, and after reciting the words "to the flag," the arm was extended toward the flag.

        At a signal from the Principal the pupils, in ordered ranks, hands to the side, face the Flag. Another signal is given; every pupil gives the flag the military salute — right hand lifted, palm downward, to a line with the forehead and close to it. Standing thus, all repeat together, slowly, "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all." At the words, "to my Flag," the right hand is extended gracefully, palm upward, toward the Flag, and remains in this gesture till the end of the affirmation; whereupon all hands immediately drop to the side.

--The Youth's Companion, 1892

Shortly thereafter, the pledge was begun with the right hand over the heart, and after reciting "to the Flag," the arm was extended toward the Flag, palm-down.

In World War II, the salute too much resembled the fascist salute, so it was changed to keep the right hand over the heart throughout.

http://www.ushistory.org/documents/pledge.htm

I thought this was taken in 1942 Germany.

I have never seen anyone in the USA performing such a salute while saying the Pledge of Allegiance, and I'm nearly sixty. I have only seen Americans putting their right hands over their hearts when saying the Pledge.

 
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