The Pledge of Allegiance


The Pledge of Allegiance of 23 words had been initially penned by Francis Bellamy in August 1892 for a Columbus Day celebration. It was an "unofficial" pledge until June 22, 1942 when the United States Congress included the Pledge to the Flag in the United States Flag Code (Title 36). In 1945 the Pledge to the Flag received its official title as: 'The Pledge of Allegiance'. The last change to The Pledge of Allegiance was made on June 14, 1954, creating the 31 word pledge we say today.