July 4, 2011


Posted in Christianity at 6:10 am by Lisa Ritchey

My mother cut this out of a newspaper years ago.  The page is yellowed, but the words still touch my heart.  On this, July 4, 2011, I felt I should share them with you:

“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-

“Boys 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 you a definition of the words.

I – meaning me, an individual, a committee of one.

Pledge – dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.

Allegiance – my love and 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.

States – individual communities that 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.

Of America

And to the Republic – a 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 – meaning, so blessed by God.

Indivisible – incapable of being divided.

With Liberty – which is freedom and the right of power to live one’s life without threats, fear or some sort of retaliation.

And Justice – the principle or qualities 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.

(The Pledge was recited with feeling.)

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 would say, That is a prayer – and it would be eliminated from  schools, too?”

View orginal broadcast here.

Under the article’s heading it says, “From THE RED SKELTON HOUR January 14, 1969.”  After the transcript of the broadcast, this was added: 

There is always an evil force at work trying to kill patriotism.  The Supreme Court has said it is your constitutional right to burn the flag.  That is not standing on the Constitution; it is trampling on it.  I think we should stand on our constitutional right and demand that the Supreme Court judges should be voted into office and not appointed.  As to our flag, if it gave us courage on the battlefield, we should show it dignity on the streets.

Red Skelton”[*]

[*] Under the signature, is printed “Material provided by Arteriors and Bishop’s Gallery”.


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