Stand up, take off your hat (if you’re wearing one!), face the flag, put your right hand over your heart and repeat after us:
The pledge of allegiance was written by a minister named Francis Bellamy in 1892. It was originally published in a children’s magazine called The Youth’s companion as part of a national public school celebration of Columbus Day. It wasn’t formally adopted by Congress as the pledge of allegiance until 1942.
Today, the pledge of allegiance is recited in many different settings. From sessions of Congress and public meetings to the start of school days and sporting events, millions of people of all ages recite the pledge of allegiance every day.
Proper etiquette for reciting the pledge of allegiance includes standing, removing your hat, facing the flag and placing your right hand over your heart. Members of the military will usually stand at attention and give the military salute.