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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 under God,
indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.



When I was a kid, I remember seeing the Red Skelton Show where he described the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance.  It was probably the first time I had ever really understood the meaning of the words.  Therefore, please allow me to share this with you. 

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Courtesy of YouTube.com, here is a video clip of Red Skelton explaining the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance (January 14, 1969):  This video should Auto start, if not, Click to play.


The following words were spoken by the late Red Skelton on his television program (January 14, 1969) as he related the story, when he was a kid, 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 from Red Skelton.

"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?"
 

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's respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody's job!
   
United that means that we have all come together.
   
States 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"
   
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 quality of dealing fairly with others.
   
For all which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine.


After reciting this older version of the pledge, Red Skelton continues ...

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 would be eliminated from schools too?
 


God Bless America!
 



Some History about the Pledge of Allegiance
(Source: www.USHistory.org)
 

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth's Companion on September 8, 1892. Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country.

In its original form it read:

"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

In 1923, the words, "the Flag of the United States of America" were added. At this time it read:

"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."

In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words "under God," creating the 31-word pledge we say today. Today it reads:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Section 4 of the Flag Code states:

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag: "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.", should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute."


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