on The Pledge of Allegiance
As a schoolboy, one of
Red Skelton's teachers explained the words and meaning of the Pledge
of Allegiance to his class. Skelton later wrote down, and eventually
recorded, his recollection of this lecture. It is followed by an observation
of his own.
an individual; a committee of one.
all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
love and my devotion.
Our standard; Old Glory;
a symbol of Freedom; wherever she waves there is respect, because your
loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, Freedom is everybody's
That means that we have all come together.
communities that have united into forty-eight great states. Forty-eight
individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided
with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that
is love for country.
to the Republic
Republic a state
in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the
people to govern. And government is the people; and it's from the people
to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.
which it stands
Nation meaning, so blessed by God.
of being divided.
Which is Freedom; the
right of power to live one's own life; without threats, fear, or some
sort of retaliation.
The principle, or qualities,
of dealing fairly with others.
For All which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country
as it is mine.
And now, boys and girls, let me
hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands;
one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Since I was a small boy, two states
have been added to our country, and two words have been added to the
Pledge of Allegiance: Under God. Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said
that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools, too?
-- Red Skelton
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