Datebook: October 12 - Pledge of Allegiance First Recited 120 Years Ago

Oct 12, 2012

The Pledge of Allegiance was composed by Francis Bellamy in 1892, and adopted by Congress in 1942. Public schools were the first to use the pledge on this day in 1892, Columbus Day, coinciding with the opening of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. All together now!

It’s Friday, October 12

St. John’s Episcopal Church hosts the Blessing of the Animals Sunday afternoon at 4 in the Memorial Garden.  The community is invited to bring pets on leashes or in cages to receive individual blessings from the rector of St. John’s.  You can also bring a photo if your animal doesn’t like crowds or is unwell.  Refreshments are provided for pets and people following the service.

The Purchase Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s is tomorrow, beginning at the Carson Center in Paducah.  The nationwide event raises awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.  On-site registration begins at 9AM, or pre-register by visiting

The final Bikes on Broadway of the year is Sunday from 1 to 4 in downtown Paducah.  Bring skateboards, roller skates, tricycles, wagons, bicycles, or just your feet to enjoy a quiet, car-free afternoon on Broadway between 4th and 17th streets.  For more information, call 444-8508.

Make sure to stop by the WKMS booth at Murray State’s Homecoming tomorrow.  See you there!