Residents take time out to 'Stand Up and Say the Pledge' (PHOTOS)

Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 02:07 PM.

As Audrey Hoeft of the Families First Network began singing "The Star Spangled Banner," the sun suddenly burst through the clouds, illuminating the red, white and blue flag and the uniformed students who held it aloft and guarded it.

Young Marines adviser Kathy Warren led the assembly in the recitation of the 31-word pledge, after which many attendees took time to visit the nearby Okaloosa County Veterans Memorial and examine the names engraved on the black marble slabs.

The original pledge

Baptist minister and Christian socialist Francis Bellamy wrote the first "Pledge of Allegiance" in August 1892 for the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas. The original pledge read:

"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

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