“And To The Republic For Which It Stands”

“…and to the Republic for which it stands…”

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands…

by Marcia Drogheo

This phrase of The Pledge of Allegiance contains two parts: “and to the Republic” and “for which it stands” that need to be discussed, at least at first, separately.

And to the Republic
Meaning also loyalty to the government, our government, which is a republic where the PEOPLE are sovereign or according to Merriam-Webster, “possessing supreme power”, “independent”.

For which it stands
The flag represents and stands for our government.

Thoughts of an 11 year old
“The flag stands for us—our nation.” My daughter’s very simple explanation when I asked her what this phrase means. She gets it.

My thoughts
For fifteen years, first as a student and now a teacher, I have recited The Pledge of Allegiance countless times without thinking. There have been times where I stopped to talk about the overall meaning of “The Pledge” with my students and how it is a symbol of our great country and it is a way to honor it.

But now reflecting on this particular section brings to mind an image I’ve had since first learning The Pledge of Allegiance over thirty years ago. An innocent and literal interpretation; a memory really, of what I was thinking as I was standing, hand over heart, in my first grade classroom facing the flag. As I was saying “and to the Republic for which it stands” I would picture our flag standing high above the USA. Not figuratively standing for our government, but literally standing over our country as if protecting us. This brought me comfort and a sense of pride.

American Flag Over Sumter Poster Image Courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Although I know that this section of The Pledge means that the flag represents and stands as a symbol of OUR government that we show loyalty to, I will always have that image in my mind as I recite “The Pledge” 175 times per school year.


Marcia Drogheo is an elementary school teacher, wife, and mother of two very active girls in Denver, Colorado. She is kept very busy with her family, work, and volunteering in her community.


10 thoughts on ““And To The Republic For Which It Stands”

  1. Pingback: “One Nation” « Dolce Domum

  2. If only we still were a Republic, but we’re not, we are now a Democracy, which is similar to a Republic, but ultimately in a Democracy, people dont have as much power as they do in a Republic


    • What do you mean by a “republic” and what do you mean by a “democracy”? If you mean this democracy is more like a plutocracy where a few rich are left to be in control and few vote, I agree that this democracy is not the republic I want.


      • The only hope that America has is to turn back to God he is the only hope Americans have and the bible states that we repent from our sin and from our wicked ways he will heal our nation


    • Exactly! We are blatantly tricked into believing the lies being taught about government and we the people. The constitution is the supreme law of the land to be enforced by we the people.


  3. Where is the phrase ‘one nation under God’ that is Americas biggest problem they have forgotten about God and God will ultimately judge America for that,


    • “under god” was added in 1951 in NY april 22 in response to communist threat. the very original was “i pledge allegience to my flag and the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisibal, with liberty and justice for”. that was in 1892. then the words, “the flag, of the united states of america” were added in 1923. personally i leave ‘under god’ out of it.


  4. That is Americas biggest problem they have forgotten about God the only hope Americans have is to turn back to God and repent and the Bilble promises that if we do that God will heal our nation


  5. Sounds like what ISIS tells their people too. Turn to Allah. No difference. Still just as delusional. It is only up to us not some invisible super hero.


    • Congratulations on what may be the shallowest and silliest comment I’ve ever received. Stay up all night working on this one did ya? Yeah…there’s no difference at ALL between our Pledge of Allegiance and what ISIS says or does. The only possible response I can come up with (for now) to your lunacy is this: https://youtu.be/5hfYJsQAhl0


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