World War II Patriotic cover
"The Pledge To The Flag
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America
And to the republic for which it stands
One nation, indivisible, with freedom and justice for all."
Fifty-two stars representing the 48 states and four territories create the border pattern for this serviceman's cover sent under Free Franking from Scott Field, Illinois. Postmarked Belleville, Illinois, July 6, 1942. Walter Poppenger of Akron, Ohio, published the cachet.