The pledge to the state flag was written, in 1950, by Mrs. John Raymond Carson for the South Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
It was subsequently requested by the Wade Hampton Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy that, because of the popularity of the pledge, it be made the official pledge of South Carolina by law.
ADOPTING AN OFFICIAL PLEDGE TO THE FLAG OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
Whereas, in 1950 Mrs. John Raymond Carson of Chester wrote for the South Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy a pledge to the flag of South Carolina; and
Whereas, it has been accepted and used throughout the State but has never been officially adopted as our State pledge; and
Whereas, the members of the Wade Hampton Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy have requested that this pledge be made the official State pledge. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Pledge to the flag of South Carolina.--The pledge to the flag of South Carolina shall be as follows:
"I salute the flag of South Carolina and pledge to the Palmetto State love, loyalty, and faith."
SECTION 2. Time effective.--This act shall take effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 22nd day of April, 1966.
The following information was excerpted from the The South Carolina Code of Laws, Title 1, Chapter 1, Article 9, section 1-1-670.
Title 1 - Administration of the Government
CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
ARTICLE 9. STATE EMBLEMS, PLEDGE TO STATE FLAG, OFFICIAL OBSERVANCES
SECTION 1-1-670. Official pledge to State flag.
The pledge to the flag of South Carolina shall be as follows:
"I salute the flag of South Carolina and pledge to the Palmetto State love, loyalty and faith."
State of South Carolina. South Carolina Code of Laws. Columbia: State of South Carolina, 2011. Web. 1 Jun 2011. <http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/statmast.htm>.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.
South Carolina Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy: Official website.
United Daughters of the Confederacy: Official website.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official South Carolina state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.