I pledge allegiance to the flag …… words we recite often. Knights are rightfully proud of our investment in these two words “under God” which reflect our belief shared by the founders in the origin of all our rights. The pledge is filled with other powerful words whose origin lies in the conflicts which baptized our nation’s principles. That of indivisible was purchased dearly during the civil war. That of liberty has been on the lips of patriots in so many of the conflicts in which our nation has triumphed over forces opposed to individual freedoms.
The Athenian leader Pericles offered a tribute to the fallen heroes of the Peloponnesian War over 24 centuries ago that could be applied today to the millions of Americans who have died in the nation’s wars: “Not only are they commemorated by columns and inscriptions, but there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but in the hearts of men.”
Our freedoms have been purchased at great price beginning with our Savior himself but also by so many who were willing to lay down their lives that we may live in this one nation under God.
With gratitude in our hearts take a moment this Memorial Day to pause and reflect with your family on their sacrifice for our freedom and our unity as a people. I personally recommend Red Skelton’s skit about the Pledge of Allegiance as appropriate for all the family's reflection.
With Major General John A. Logan, civil war veteran who is attributed with founding Memorial Day, let us commit as patriots and Knights to “let no vandalism of avarice of neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of free and undivided republic.” Honor the price they paid for freedom by engaging in defense of our freedoms in the public square today.