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

 
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, 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
 

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Date Entered  05-Mar-2001

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