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by Linda McCartney, Guest Writer

I declare my independence and am thankful for it.


I am afraid that since our forefathers founded this country, we have lost our sense of “love of country” and appreciation for our independence.


Do you still know the words to the Pledge of Allegiance? Do you get goose bumps and put your hand over your heart when you hear the Star Spangled Banner?


It really bothers me that some people are trying to destroy the very foundation of this country.


Are you in agreement with removing the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer from schools? If you are, shame on you. We hear so many people disagreeing with our principles, yet look how many folks risk their lives to come to America to make a better life for themselves and their families.


The Pledge of Allegiance first appeared in the Sept. 8, 1892, issue of “The Youth’s Companion:

        I pledge allegiance to my Flag,

        and to the Republic for which it stands:

        one Nation indivisible,

        With Liberty and Justice for all.

The original 23-word pledge has evolved over the years, with the final version updated to 31 words on June 14, 1954:

        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.

We should thank God every day for the sacrifices that have been made by our forefathers, and the ones being made now and in the future, so we may remain free.

God Bless America,
   my home sweet home.

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