Graduation Speech : The United States With Correct Form And Proper Etiquette

1266 Words Dec 9th, 2016 6 Pages
There are four significant lessons from Kindergarten that have survived in my memory over the course of my lifetime: how to sculpt a vase out of paper mâché, the recipe for making blue Play-Doh, all of the ways a rock can be decorated to look like a farm animal, and most importantly, how to perfectly recite the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States with correct form and proper etiquette. All of these lessons have lived in the obscure recesses of my mind for approximately 15 years, but the fourth lesson has been exercised much more frequently and certainly introduced to the lives of every other individual in America beside myself. Almost like clockwork, our muscle memory reminds us, when appropriate, to stand up, remove any headwear, place our right hands on our hearts, and loyally deliver all thirty-one words of the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance with the echo of every person around us repeating the same process. The last few words of the pledge guarantee a country that is “indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” A well-known ending to a recitation so ingrained in the minds of America, though all-encompassing on the surface, fails to fully address the definition of “all,” thus further clouding the intended recipients of “liberty and justice.” This supposedly insignificant issue is typically overlooked, as it is assumed that “all” refers to every individual in America—in other words—all Americans. However, “American” is a term that has taken on many definitions and…

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