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Memorial Monday

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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.

I remember back in the day when this pledge was said every day in school. It gave me the feeling of belonging to something bigger than myself. That even though I was just a little, skinny, girl, I was in unity with all of my classmates when we recited that pledge.

Today we memorialize all of the men and women who gave their lives, freely, to protect this county, our families, to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, liberty and justice, and allegiance to this flag of stars and stripes.

To the Republic for which it stands.

noun
  1. a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.
  2. any body of persons viewed as a commonwealth.
  3. a state in which the head of government is not a monarch or other hereditary head of state.   http://www.dictionary.com

That first definition is powerful and is what is meant in this pledge. This is what our military gave and give their lives for.

They also gave their lives so that as a country we would be indivisible. Indivisible. That word is important to the pledge. The writers knew what they meant when they inserted that word in the pledge. It’s an adjective.

An adjective is a part of speech which describes, identifies, or quantifies a noun or a pronoun. So basically, the main function of an adjective is to modify a noun or a pronoun so that it will become more specific and interesting.

http://partofspeech.org/adjective/

And it means:

adjective
  1. not divisible; not separable into parts; incapable of being divided: one nation indivisible.    http://www.dictionary.com/browse/indivisible?s=t

Not divisible. Incapable of being divided. One nation under God, indivisible. Just think about that for a moment.

I realize that not everyone worships the same God, if they worship a god at all. Some people worship many gods. But I believe the major point here is one nation, indivisible.

When I look at the headlines today, I am no longer seeing one nation, indivisible. We are a nation being torn apart by politics, fear of offense, fear of religion, fear of just living. We don’t need to worry about another country trying to attack us and destroy us. We are doing it to ourselves. We have allowed small groups of people to set precedence in this country that are tearing away the very fabric that joined it together in the first place.

Is there a solution to this mayhem we are experiencing? Is there any way to halt the downward spiral this country is in? Will we, as citizens of this beautiful country, sit back on our heels and do nothing while we watch our country being destroyed?

I wish I had the answers. Would going back to the basics be the answer? Would requiring the pledge to be recited in schools across the country start to being back the sense of belonging to individuals who feel apart of everyone else? How do we give our young and old and those in between a true meaning and belief in something greater than ourselves?

Liberty and justice for all. If we look at those five little words, study them, ponder on their meaning, we might find an answer or two.

We pretty much understand what liberty and justice means. Right? Let us go ahead and break it down.

Liberty

noun, plural lib·er·ties.
  1. freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control.
  2. freedom from external or foreign rule; independence.
  3. freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.
  4. freedom from captivity, confinement, or physical restraint: The prisoner soon regained his liberty.   http://www.dictionary.com

We can see it’s FREEDOM!

Now Justice:

noun
  1. the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness: to uphold the justice of a cause.
  2. rightfulness or lawfulness, as of a claim or title; justness of ground or reason: to complain with justice.
  3. the moral principle determining just conduct.
  4. conformity to this principle, as manifested in conduct; just conduct, dealing, or treatment.
  5. the administering of deserved punishment or reward.
  6. the maintenance or administration of what is just by law, as by judicial or other proceedings: a court of justice.   http://www.dictionary.com

Justice: everyone will be treated the same in a court of justice.

Freedom (liberty) and justice FOR ALL.

Not just for a select few. Not just for certain groups of people in the United States. But for everyone. For every breathing, living, citizen of this country worth dying for. And yes, I mean citizen. Because only a citizen can appreciate all that pledge entails.

It is for this pledge, this flag, the love for this country, her people, and God, that gives meaning to the many lives that have been given in sacrifice to protect it.

God bless America!

Until next time – 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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