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052 What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?

访问量:
52. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
Answer:
• The United States
• The flag

Explanation:
“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.”

Probably almost all Americans can recite (or say without reading) this pledge (or promise) of allegiance (or loyalty). When we say the Pledge of Allegiance, we are promising to be loyal to the United States and its flag, which is a piece of fabric that represents the country. The United States flag has red and white stripes and there is a blue square that has 50 white stars. The Pledge of Allegiance reminds us that we must love our country and should not do anything to hurt it.

When Americans say the Pledge of Allegiance, they must stand up, look at the flag, and put their right hand over their heart, on the left side of their chest. Let’s look at the words of the pledge of allegiance in more depth (or detail).

The Pledge of Allegiance begins by saying, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…” This means that we promise to be loyal to the United States flag. The Pledge continues, “…and to the Republic for which it stands….” A republic is a country or nation with an elected president and representatives, so we are promising to be loyal not only to the flag, but also to the country that the flag represents – in this case, the United States.

Then the Pledge says, “…one Nation under God….” This means that our country is one united nation (made of one piece, without many separate parts) and that God is watching over (or taking care of) the country. Then the Pledge says that our nation is “indivisible (or cannot be divided into smaller pieces), with liberty and justice for all.” Liberty is freedom and justice is fairness in the law.

Most Americans learn to recite the Pledge of Allegiance when they are very young, reciting the Pledge every morning before classes begin in school. As adults, we don’t say the Pledge of Allegiance very often, but it is used for special occasions, like when people from other countries become U.S. citizens.

Glossary

to recite – to say something from memory, without reading it; to say or repeat something
* Can you recite any poems from memory?

pledge – a promise; something that one says one will do
* When he became a doctor, he pledged to take care of all his patients equally.

allegiance – loyalty; faithfulness to something; always giving or showing strong support to someone or something
* Soldiers used to show allegiance to their king by fighting well in battles.

flag – a colored piece of fabric, usually a rectangle, that represents the country
* The flag of Peru is red and white.

republic – a country or nation
* When did the Republic of Macedonia become an independent country?

united – made of one piece, without many separate parts; joined
* The teachers made a united effort to improve students' reading skills.

to watch over (something) – to take care of something; to be responsible for something
* Who is going to watch over the kids when you go to the movies tomorrow night?

indivisible – cannot be divided into smaller pieces; cannot be separated or pulled apart
* The principal didn’t like seeing students form indivisible social groups, with students not making friends outside of their own group.

liberty – freedom
* When Americans fought for freedom, many of them shouted, "Give me freedom or give me death!"

justice – fairness in the law; being fair and reasonable
* Do you think there is justice is sending thieves to prison for the rest of their lives?