The Pledge of Allegiance


The Pledge of Allegiance


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.


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


Mike Menefee


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