At noon tomorrow,
in our hearts
the Flag descends
in mourning to half-staff,
and our symbols weep.
But the American story is not over:
We Pledge a New Allegiance to Our Oldest Flag
O beautiful for patriots’ dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
God shed Her grace on thee:
Erase the stain of selfish gain
From the banner of the free;
And end the pain of race disdain
To make full justice be!
We pledge allegiance to THIS flag,
Sewn in freedom’s fabric
At our birthing-time of transformation --
And to the future Republic
For which it seeks to stand:
One nation, diverse and indivisible --
[Choose to say one or more of the following or another phrase that accords with your own personal beliefs, or if you prefer, to pause and remain silent for a space while others say what they choose:] Under God, Wrestling God, Embodying God, Surrendering to God, Doubting God, Yearning for God, Living without God]
Giving to Bigotry No Sanction,
To Persecution No Assistance --
Seeking Liberty and Justice and Community,
Health and a Decent Livelihood,
Honorable Work and Joyful Rest for all;
Peace with all Peoples,
And Healing for the Earth.