December 1, 2008

My Grandfather, the Reverend George MacPherson Docherty

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I learned on Saturday of the passing of my paternal grandfather, the Rev. George M. Docherty.

He was a great man who raised 5 children and witnessed the death of two, my own father being one of them.

He was also the man behind the controversial addition of “Under God” in the pledge of allegiance. A simple search of “George Docherty” will yield plenty of information about how a Scotsman came to America and was the influential minister to President Eisenhower at the famous New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC.

He was 97 when he died on Thanksgiving in his home in Pennsylvania. There will be a memorial service for him on December 21st at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church following services.

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all.

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