What Every American Should Know
I am blessed and honored to say that I have lived here in the US long enough to understand what holds a huge importance here. One thing I understood pretty much as soon as I had moved here, because it was very important to a former neighbor of mine to have me initiated in a particular ceremony. Almost the first thing he did for me was to take me to an Eagle's Club event. In the beginning of that event, one part of the opening ceremony was to do The Pledge of Allegiance, which I was very honored to do. This is what it 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".
You can read more about The Pledge of Allegiance and about the Flag Code in this document issued by the Congressional Research Service's Report for Congress:
If you wish to read 4 U.S Code § 8. Respect for Flag.of the Flag Code, you can find it at the Cornell University Law School's page here: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/4/8
Back to the event my neighbor John invited me and my husband to: I remembered his smile of approval and a pat on my shoulder after he saw I took The Pledge of Allegiance, and, later when I received my legal residency, he gave me a full sized, official flag, that I still have to this day. That particular flag had been presented to him when he stepped down as President for The Eagle's Club Chapter. Unfortunately, John is no longer with us; he passed away of cancer in 2011 and is interred at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during WWII.