I remember saying the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in elementary school. I still get teary saying it to this day. But in all my history classes I never heard of the American’s Creed. Did you?
After WWI, national leaders held a contest for a national creed. Out of 3,000 entries, they selected William Tyler Page’s. In 1918 the Speaker of the House accepted the following in the House of Representatives –
The American’s Creed
I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people, by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon the principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.
I wonder what it would have been like to repeat those words every morning.
Happy 4th of July to all of us who are patriots in our own way, and especially to those who have and still sacrifice for the principles we’re founded upon.
I don’t remember The American’s Creed either, what great information. I’m responding to your blog while still in patriotic attire, having attended the small parade in Baxter Village. Once parade participants, all in decorated golf carts, wagons, bikes, cars, trucks, and scooters went by, two fire trucks ended the parade. Patriotic songs were played over a loudspeaker while the tall ladder of one fire truck took its time to lift Old Glory. She swayed in a slight breeze, just enough to remind us that our flag is considered a ‘living symbol’ of our country.
Everyone sang The Star Spangled Banner. I, among many, wiped away tears with the same hand I had held over my heart. All the children in attendance then stood on the steps of the community center as they led us to recite the Pledge of Allegiance – well, as you can imagine – tears started all over again.
Though we all have personal gripes about our country or its leaders, that we either voice or keep to ourselves, we are very fortunate to be Americans with the liberty and freedom to do so.
God Bless America!