Pledge Of Allegiance

The following words were spoken by the late Red Skelton on his television program as he related the story of his teacher, Mr. Laswell, who felt his students had come to think of the Pledge of Allegiance as merely something to recite in class each day.

Now, more than ever, listen to the meaning of these words.

"I've been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you.

If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word?"


Me, an individual, a committee of one.


Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self pity.


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!


That means that we have all come together.


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 country.

And to the 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"


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 quality of dealing fairly with others.

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...


Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer and that would be eliminated from schools too?

- Red Skelton - 1969

** To listen to a recording of Red Skelton's "Pledge of Allegiance" from January 14, 1969, click here **

Read an article about Brother Skelton on the Murat Shriners website of Indianapolis, Indiana
previously published in The Texas Mason, Fall 1998 (Vol. 7, No. 4).

The Pledge Of Allegiance
Francis Bellamy
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