Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Flag Day

We were listening to Lars this afternoon when he talked about this and played the recording. I think it is fitting for both then and now.

Commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance
By Red Skelton

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.

"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.
And now, boys and girls, let me hear you 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...


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


Rebekah said...

Awesome commentary! Our pledge is so meaningful, and it's a shame so many people don't even know it, much less know what it means.

ABFreedom said...

Both our countries are having problems with people that want to eliminate the word "God". Time to get nasty every time they pop up their heads.

Walker said...


tugboatcapn said...

I started to post this same thing on Flag Day over at my place, but there was too much going on that day.

Thanks for your comment, JFG!

I had about decided that no one was reading me anymore.

It made me happy.

Gayle said...

Great post. Thanks, JGF! He had it right. And kids do simply recite, usually without ever having anyone explain to them what it means. The same with the Lord's prayer. I explained to my daughter what the Lord's prayer meant whenever she said it, so that she wasn't just mouthing the words. Should have done that with the pledge too, I guess. I'm positive the teachers never did!

Looks like Tugboatcaptain needs visitors. I'll go over and read what he has to say.