What Does the American Pledge Mean?


Iris Lee

When we go to class every morning and go to second period, it’s time to pledge our allegiance to the United States of America. Sure, it’s a hassle standing up and doing the pledge, but what does it mean?

We stand with our hand on our chest as we recite our pledge. While there is no exact meaning, most people think it means patriotism. 

“Reciting the Pledge is a mark of patriotism to the country. It is an action that symbolizes your loyalty to the United States of America and the feeling that as an American, you are proud to be part of this country.” Says a representative from Beveridge Magnet School.

However, it’s not federally required to recite the pledge every morning, and students are not allowed to be forced to do so.

No, public school students may not be compelled to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. In its 1943 decision West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the First Amendment protects a student’s right not to engage in certain speech.” Explains the Freedom Forum Institute.

Now that we know what the pledge means, maybe it’s not a waste of time after all.