Today I begin here what I started in my old blog at livejournal. Independence Day entries, starting with Red Skelton.
When the popular American comedian Red Skelton was a young man, he learned the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance from one of his teachers.
The lesson became so meaningful he remembered the explanation of his teacher, Mr. Laswell, throughout his lifetime. The ironic thing is when he made this recording he did not add the words "Under God." Be sure and read what he said about it at the end of his pledge.
In 1969 Red Skelton made the following recording.
An explanation of the Pledge Of Allegiance.
I: Me; an individual; a committee of one.
Pledge: Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
Allegiance: My love and my devotion.
To the Flag: 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 job.
United: That means that we have all come together.
States: Individual 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.
And 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.
For which it stands ,One Nation:
One Nation--meaning, so blessed by God.
Indivisible: Incapable of being divided.
With Liberty: Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one's own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.
And Justice: The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.
For All: 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:
Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools, too?