The Pledge

Anne B. Walsh

Oh, it's 6:43 in the morning
In the city of rivers and steel
Where a girl walks to work from the bus stop
In her sneakers with holes in the heel
She wears jeans and a blouse with red flowers
Dodges cars as she crosses the street
Fifteen blocks in ten minutes, she's docked if she's late
As it is, she can just make ends meet
But she stops as she passes the courthouse
Lays her hand on her heart, lifts her eyes
And she whispers the words she remembers from school
As Old Glory ascends to the skies

To this flag I pledge my allegiance
To my nation and our liberty
To a people who fight and who bleed and who die
So that others can live safe and free
To the justice my grandfathers fought for
To my God whom I worship and love
And to all this I pledge my allegiance
When I pledge to that flag up above

Been a long day, she's hot and she's tired
No lunch and two hours overtime
Sends a prayer up to heaven for patience and strength
Then she smiles as the church bells all chime
She says, Lord, now I know you can hear all my prayers
'Cause you've sent on an answer to me
I'll have all that I need if I let you inside
And grow into the most I can be
So she smiles at the man in the uniform
Who is hauling those Stars and Stripes down
And her hand it comes up to her heart once again
And she speaks with the courage she's found

To this flag I pledge my allegiance
To my nation and our liberty
To a people who fight and who bleed and who die
So that others can live safe and free
To the justice my grandfathers fought for
To my God whom I worship and love
And to all this I pledge my allegiance
When I pledge to that flag up above

If everyone stopped for a moment each day
Just to think of our flag and our land
Would America's heart be as strong as that girl
For as long as her day and as hard as her world
She can still take a moment to stand

And to this flag pledge her allegiance
To her nation and their liberty
To a people who fight and who bleed and who die
So that others can live safe and free
To the justice her grandfathers fought for
To the God who she worships and loves
And to all this we pledge our allegiance
When we pledge to that flag up above


On this Veterans' Day, a grateful thanks to all those who have served, and who continue to serve.

Also a moment of remembrance for all those who gave the last full measure of devotion.

Because of you, we live.

We will not forget.