LANSING?Flag Day in the United States is Saturday and this year’s celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the words “under God” being added to the Pledge of Allegiance, said Sen. Rick Jones.
“Earlier this year the Michigan Senate approved my resolution, Senate Resolution 108, to honor this historic milestone and urge Congress to forever keep these words preserved in our nation’s pledge,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “As we celebrate Flag Day and this anniversary, let’s also remember the three proud Michigan legislators who worked to enshrine these words in our nation’s Pledge of Allegiance.”
Michigan Congressman Louis Charles Rabaut, D-14th District, was the first to submit a resolution that would place “under God” into the Pledge on April 20, 1953.
These words would become a part of the Pledge on Flag Day, June 14, 1954 when President Dwight Eisenhower signed a joint resolution introduced by two Michigan lawmakers, Congressman Charles Oakman, R-17th District, and U.S. Sen. Homer Ferguson, R-Michigan.
“These small yet powerful words, ‘nation, under God,’ were first spoken by President Abraham Lincoln during his Gettysburg Address,” Jones said. “They gave our nation strength to persevere back then and are the thread that holds us together, still today. That is why we now must ensure that these words remain the decree of our country.”