Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Do You Know the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 12:56 PM

click to enlarge Although it was introduced in 1800's, the Texas flag wasn't officially adopted as the state flag until the passage of the 1933 Texas Flag Code.
  • Although it was introduced in 1800's, the Texas flag wasn't officially adopted as the state flag until the passage of the 1933 Texas Flag Code.

If you don't, after 140 days of following the Texas Legislature that kicked off its 84th session today, you will.

Every day after gaveling in and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Texas House members say the pledge to the state flag before beginning legislative business:

"Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible."

The Legislature created the pledge in 1933, according to the Texas State Historical Association, when it created the flag's display rules. Originally opening with "Honor the Texas Flag of 1836..." to refer to the 1836 national flag of Texas, the pledge was corrected to its current language in 1965.

Because this is Texas, the Legislature voted to add "one state under God" in 2007, a phrase that has previously been challenged in court. In 2010, a federal appeals court ruled to keep the phrase in the pledge. 


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