The Pledge of
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When the popular American
comedian Red Skelton
was a young man, he learned the meaning of
Pledge of Allegiance from one of his teachers.
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
In 1969 Red Skelton made the following recording.
explanation of the Pledge Of Allegiance.
I: Me; an individual;
a committee of one.
Pledge: Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without
Allegiance: My love
and my devotion.
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
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
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.
Incapable of being divided.
Liberty: Which is Freedom;
the right of power to live one's own life, without threats, fear, or
some sort of retaliation.
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
let me hear you recite the Pledge of
I pledge allegiance to the
Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it
one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for
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?