This coming from a former military man? You swore a OATH a PLEDGE to our country. To protect our country both foreign and domestic amongst other things. And yet you question why we need a pledge. It is my opinion and in my view that a pledge is to show basically where it is you stand. It is also a show of loyalty. And Pledge of Allegiance, is an oath of loyalty to the United States. I am loyal IMO to my country. And I don't wish to live somewhere else other than USA. And since we are talking about PLEDGE. Here is a site for definition. http://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/pledge But I am curios because I am unable to refine my search enough. When did we start the switch to hold the hand over the heart? Any one know? Because it was mentioned earlier it was a nazi salute.