Audio Red Skelton presenting
the Pledge of Allegiance
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January 14, 1969, I presented
"The Little Old Man" as a teacher. The time was 1923.The students had
finished reciting the Pledge of Allegiance which at the time was but 10
years old. The old sage called the children together and said--
and girls, I have been listening to you recite the Pledge of
Allegiance all semester and it appears that it has become monotonous to
you or could it be you do not know the meaning of those words. If I
may, I would like to recite the Pledge and give to you a definition of
me, an individual, a
committee of one.
all of my worldly
goods to give without self pity.
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.
have united into 48 great states. 48 individual communities with pride
and dignity and purpose, all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet
united to a common cause, and that's love of country.
And to the Republic----a republic, a state in which
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----meaning, so blessed by God.
is freedom and the
right of power to live one's life without threats or fear or any sort
principle and quality
of dealing fairly with others.
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 nation, and
two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance "under God."
Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said, "That's a prayer" and that would
be eliminated from schools, too?
of Red Skelton presenting the Pledge of Allegiance