Reader JTB writes:
Our daughter Sophia just started kindergarten. Last week I asked her to tell me about school. Our conversation went like this:
Me: Tell me something interesting about kindergarten today, honey.
Sophia: Well, there's the pleasant legions.
Me: The pleasant legions?
Sophia: Yeah, it's like a prayer to the flag.
JTB allows as how it might also have been "pleasant legence", with Sophia breathing new life into the obsolete word legence meaning "license", as in the OED's citation
1518 Extracts Council Reg. Aberdeen (1844) I. 94 The legence gevin to vnfremen to saill with merchandeise.
Over the decades, the pledge of allegiance has given birth to many fabled (and perhaps even real) mondegreens or eggcorns, e.g.
I led the pigeons to the flag / I pledge a lesion to the flag
And to the republic of Richard Stands / And truly the public witches stand
One naked individual, with liver, tea, and just this for all.
But those pleasant legions are my favorite so far.