My great grandfather, Archibald Van Orden, carried this ribbon with him during the Civil War.
Though the Pledge of Allegiance would not be created until decades after the conflict, he would certainly agree that the USA was destined to be “one nation, under God, indivisible.”
Now, in 2012, Union will continue if we want it with all our hearts and strength, as Archie did. We must not let the divisive spirit of our times accomplish what war could not. Union must and shall be preserved.