Red Skelton’s heartfelt explanation of the meaning of The Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge Red Skelton

Red Skelton – What the Pledge means to ME Minute

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In 1969, Red Skelton gave his personal view of the Pledge of Allegiance.
The statement he made at the end, I think, tells it all.Red Skelton, one of America’s best loved Comedians and star of Motion Pictures, Radio and Television, was also a true Patriot. A man who loved his Country, its Flag and the Freedom America stood for. On January 14, 1969, Red touched the hearts of millions of Americans with his “Pledge Of Allegiance,” in which he explained the meaning of each and every word. Red’s “Pledge” was twice read into the Congressional Record of the United States and received numerous awards. Red Skelton – What the Pledge means to ME

 

The following words were spoken by the late Red Skelton on the Red Skelton Hour television show, January 14, 1969.  He related the story of his teacher, Mr. Laswell, who felt his students had come to think of the Pledge of Allegiance as merely something to recite in class each day.

When I was a small boy in Vincennes, Indiana, I heard, I think, one of the most outstanding speeches I ever heard in my life. I think it compares with the Sermon on the MountLincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and Socrates’ Speech to the Students.  We had just finished reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and he [Mr. Lasswell, the Principal of Vincennes High School] called us all together, and he says, “Uh, boys and girls.

      

“I’ve been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you.  If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word?”

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’s 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 48 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’s love for country.

And to the 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 quality of dealing fairly with others.

For all,  For all which means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.


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?

       

God Bless America! 

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