Today is Pledge of Allegiance Day, because Congress formally recognized the pledge on this day in 1945! The Pledge of Allegiance actually has some local ties – it was written by Francis Bellamy, who was born in Mount Morris and attended the University of Rochester! He was a Baptist minister, and in 1891 began working at a popular children’s magazine called The Youth’s Companion. The magazine had begun a campaign in 1888 to sell American flags to public schools, as a premium to solicit subscriptions. In 1892, they had the idea of using the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the New World to further bolster their movement. The magazine called for a national public school celebration of Columbus Day, with a flag salute being part of the celebration. Bellamy’s Pledge of Allegiance was first published in the September 8, 1892 issue of the magazine. It was first used in public schools on October 12, 1892.
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