The Pledge of Allegiance


Scouter's Minute

Wednesday, September 17, 1997 Mr. Red Skelton passed away. He will always hold a special place in the hearts of millions of Americans. He will be greatly missed.


Red Skelton 1912-1997


Commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance

By Red Skelton


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.

(of the) United-That means that we have all come


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


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



For which it stands -


One Nation - One Nation--meaning, so blessed by


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, Scouts, it's as

much your country as it is mine.


And now, Scouts, let me 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 it should be eliminated from schools, too?


Please rise and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Contributor  Mike Menefee

Comment  Paraphased from a Commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance by Red Skelton


Date Entered  05-Mar-2001

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