By July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress passed the Declaration of Independence, solidifying the American colonies\u2019 separation from British rule. Today, Americans use the holiday to reflect on just how we got there, and John Wayne once outlined his views on an important part of modern American life, the Pledge of Allegiance. His opinions can be heard on his spoken word album, America, Why I Love Her. It explores many topics important to the country - and by extension, important to the Duke himself. The Duke reflects on America, why I love her America, Why I Love Her, an album by John Wayne \/ Amazon Before audiobooks, musicians dabbled in the art known as a spoken word album, a recording of material that is not sang - though can often have some sort of subtle rhythm or musicality to it, not unlike poetry. Wayne released one such album of his own in the early 1970s that bears particular importance for Independence Day. RELATED: Basic American Flag Etiquette To Know For The 4th Of July The tracks are derived from patriotic poetry penned by actor John Mitchum. Of his work, Wayne would admit, \u201cJohn Mitchum thinks like I think and writes like I wish I could.\u201d That is why he was drawn to it, so his recorded audio of it might spark \u201ca little bit of rapport between everybody in our country.\u201d Wayne wanted to outline how he sees America and the importance of the Pledge of Allegiance One track recited by John Wayne explores the Pledge of Allegiance and what it means for America \/ Everett Collection From around when they start school, Americans learn the solemn vow with hand over heart, gaze to the flag. They recite words with roots reaching back to 1885 courtesy of Civil War veteran Colonel George Balch, with additions made to reflect changing times. In the views of John Wayne, the Pledge of Allegiance is an important \u201cthank you\u201d to what he called \u201ca land forged by hot steel of courage\u201d where \u201cfreedom of worship is a cornerstone of her being\u2026 A land graced with temples and churches, synagogues and altars that rise in profusion to embrace all the religions of the world.\u201d Wayne titled the eighth track of America, Why I Love Her after the Pledge of Allegiance exactly and uses the words of Mitchum to express gratitude to the country where \u201cfreedom of choice is the guide for all.\u201d The full recitation reads as follows: \u201cI pledge allegiance to the flag\u201d What do those words mean to you? To me they say, \u201cThank you, America, for your strength Your courage and for our freedom\u2026 Which has been a beacon to the world for two hundred years.\u201d \u201cOf the United States of America\u201d Whose bright stars are fifty states\u2026 Each bearing its own stamp of individuality. People\u2026 Two hundred million strong\u2026 People who have come to her from all corners of the earth. \u201cAnd to the republic for which it stands\u201d A land of laws\u2026 With an ingenious system of checks and balances That allows no man to become a tyrant\u2026 And lets no group prevail\u2026 If their power is not tempered With a real concern for the governed\u2026 A land where the right of dissent and of free speech is jealously guarded\u2026 Where the ballot box is the sword\u2026 And the people its wielder. \u201cOne nation under God\u201d A land where freedom of worship is a cornerstone of her being\u2026 A land graced with temples and churches, synagogues and altars\u2026 That rise in profusion to embrace all the religions of the world. \u201cIndivisible\u201d A land forged by the hot steel of raw courage\u2026 And formed forever\u2026 By the awful crucible of civil war. \u201cWith liberty\u201d Where man in pursuit of an honest life will not be denied his chance\u2026 Where her citizens move freely within her vast borders without hindrance or fear\u2026 A land brimming with opportunity\u2026 Where freedom of choice is the guide for all. \u201cAnd justice\u201d The courts of our land are open to all. Its wheels of justice grind for all causes\u2026 All people. They look to every avenue for justice\u2026 Every concern of the law\u2026 And they temper their reasoning with mercy\u2026 \u201cFor all!\u201c Listen below to hear it in the Duke\u2019s voice.