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.
The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America, stemming from words written in 1892, has a special meaning this time of year. With Election Day and Veterans Day in the same week, it’s hard not to think of those words most of us started our day with during school. As I stood with my hand over my heart at this week’s Cerritos City Council meeting my thoughts drifted to not only the meaning of the words written over 100 years ago (with some alterations a few times along the way) but to how everyone in the council chambers were all involved, in unison. It was at the moment we all said “indivisible” that it hit me – we are a unique country.
We are a relatively young nation, one that had to fight to exist and has had to fight to remain in existence too many times. This week we all participated in free and open elections. As a republic, the individual holds the ultimate power – the right to cast a sovereign vote. No matter who you voted for, it is important that you exercised your right to do so. We’ll also celebrate those who have gone to war to protect the liberty – those individual freedoms – we enjoy. People like my father, Jim Edwards, Dr. Mark Chung, Melanie Broad, and many others who proudly served our nation in time of conflict. I salute those who served and I’m proud of a nation that will again see the peaceful transition of power to a new administration. In the end, we are first and foremost Americans – and we need to remember and cherish the ideals that still guide our country. Do me a favor and think of the words as you say them the next time you take the pledge of allegiance.
Who’s bowling? We still have some room at next week’s Turkey Bowl. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of camaraderie and fun with folks from all across our great community. In fact, you never know who will be in the lane next to you! Even if you don’t bowl, come out and enjoy the great food and festive atmosphere of this fan favorite event.
Quote of the Week:
Courage is found in unlikely places. J. R. R. Tolkien