A Minnesota school district apologized on Jan. 4 for not including the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance that morning.
The Prior Lake Savage Area Schools district wrote on its Facebook page: "A mistake was made in the reading of the Pledge of Allegiance this morning at Prior Lake High School, and the phrase 'under God' was unintentionally left out."
"The reader got distracted, which resulted in the mistake. The Pledge will continue to be recited each week in its entirety, as it has been for the past several years."
However, the words "under God" were not in the original pledge, but were added on February 12, 1948, by Louis Albert Bowman, an Illinois lawyer, when he opened a meeting of the Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Bowman said that "under God" came from the Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, but not all manuscripts of President Lincoln's famous speech include the phrase, but the news reports of the day do include it.