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The Pledge of Allegiance’s Straight-Arm Salute: 1892-1942

School children, in this May 1942 Library of Congress photo, are saluting the flag during the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. This type of salute was changed to the “hand over the heart” salute in the Flag Code of 1942. This change came about because of the similarity of this salute with the Nazi salute.

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540
Digital ID: fsa 8d34748 Reproduction Number: LC-USW3-041733-E (b&w film nitrate neg.)