I had to say the Pledge in private school. Also, I had to make a pledge to the bible and to the flag. It was all part of the chapel service we went to.
Here's a link to the pledges.
Only Americans are dumb enough to pledge fealty to a textile.
Ambrose Bierce: flag: N. a colored rag borne above troops and hoisted on forts and
ships. it appears to serve the same purpose as certain signs that one
sees and vacant lots in london -- "rubbish may be shot here."