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Why do they say the Pledge of Allegiance?

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The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag is an oath of loyalty to the nation of the United States of America. It is often recited at public events. US Congressional sessions open with a recitation of the Pledge.

The current Pledge of Allegiance reads:

   I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

According to the United States Flag Code the pledge should be recited by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform, men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, with the right hand being over the heart. People in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.

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