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I Pledge Allegiance 

I visited a veteran at the Richard A. Anderson Texas State Veteran's Home yesterday. This is a beautiful facility with 144 individual rooms. I was reminded of all who have sacrificed and given everything or almost everything to keep our beautiful nation free.


"When I hear the Pledge of Allegiance recited at an accelerated pace, I wonder if we have lost the true meaning of these words."


I, among many, have had the honor to serve and defend the values and freedoms of our great nation. The Pledge of Allegiance holds a deeply personal significance to me. It is a solemn oath, a declaration of loyalty, and a reminder of the sacrifices, life, and limb made by countless individuals in service to this country. I see our nation endowed with strength, wealth, prosperity, and dreams like no other country. However, in today's fast-paced world, the pledge is often recited hastily, its words rolling off the tongue without considering their meaning.


When I hear the pledge spoken in a rushed manner, it saddens me because I know firsthand the weight of those words. Each promise represents the ideals we fought to protect. But when recited without pause or reflection, it loses its power, its significance diminished by rote repetition.


For me, the pledge is more than just a string of words—it symbolizes our commitment to upholding the principles of freedom and justice. It is a reminder of the friends we lost, the battles we fought, and the price we paid to safeguard the liberties of our fellow Americans.


To recite the pledge thoughtlessly cheapens the sacrifices made by generations of brave men and women who laid down their lives so that we may live in a land of liberty and opportunity.


I am reminded of the families who have endured the ultimate sacrifice—the loss of a loved one in defense of freedom.


I choose not to take the pledge lightly, to pause, reflect, and remember the true meaning behind those words.


How about you? How sincere is your pledge of allegiance?


Watch for the blind spots.


"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".



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