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Many, many years ago, I watched a television clip of classic comedian Red Skelton relating a story about his grade school teacher who, after years of observing his students recite the Pledge of Allegiance, felt compelled to explain to his pupils what they were actually saying. The law banning the recitation of the Pledge had recently passed and he hoped to bring about awareness of the symbolism of the Pledge. In honor of Veterans’ Day, today’s blog entry is a reprint of Mr. Skelton’s story, originally told on January 14, 1969.

THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:

I: Me, an individual, a committee of one.
PLEDGE: Dedicate all of my worldly good 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 our country.
AND TO THE REPUBLIC: A state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chose 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 live 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?”

If you enjoy the freedoms provided to us as Americans, please take the time today to thank a veteran or an active-duty soldier!

November 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment