Columbus Day & Pledge of Allegiance — October 12

The following is from

On September 8,1892, the Boston based “The Youth’s Companion” magazine published a few words for students to repeat on Columbus Day that year.

Written by Francis Bellamy, the circulation manager and native of Rome, New York, and reprinted on thousands of leaflets, was sent out to public schools across the country.

On October 12, 1892, the quadricentennial of Columbus’ arrival, more than 12 million children recited the Pledge of Allegiance, thus beginning a required school-day ritual.

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The following is from

Did you know that most children have no idea what the Pledge of Allegiance means?

Today’s Breakpoint radio commentary features my comments on the importance of the phrase “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.  You can visit Breakpoint Radio at

At the end of the commentary you can download a helpful lesson you can use to teach your children or your students about the Pledge of Allegiance.

This our opportunity at the beginning of the school year to insure that our children understand what it means to be “one nation under God.”

Yours for keeping God in our schools,
Eric Buehrer
Gateways to Better Education

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The following is from Teaching is a Work of Heart at

Here is the complete “In 1492” poem:

In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.
He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.
A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.
Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.
Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.
Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.
October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!
“Indians!  Indians!”  Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.
But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.
The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.
Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been told.
He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.
The first American?  No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.

Columbus Day Song
(sung to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”)
In 1492,
In 1492,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
In 1492.
For 70 days he sailed,
For 70 days he sailed,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
For 70 days he sailed.
He came to a new land,
He came to a new land,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
And came to a new land.
Exploring he did go,
Exploring he did go,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
Exploring he did go.
He sailed back home to Spain,
He sailed back home to Spain,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
Then sailed back home to Spain.
Christopher Columbus
In August 1492,
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
October 12th they sighted land,
And set their feet upon new sand.

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Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?
Thomas Jefferson


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I am a homeschooling mom living in Hemet, California. I am interested in building a better community for the ones I love.
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