Red Skelton’s recitation of what the Pledge of Allegiance means.
I found this an inspirational recitation of the pledge of allegiance. I added bold emphasis to highlight the parts of pledge of allegiance.
This recitation is available in cassette, CD, or signed print from the Gallery of Clowns website.
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, Ol’ 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!’
United. That means that we all have come together.
States. Individual communities that have united into 48 great states. 48 individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided by imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose. And that is love for country.
And to the Republic. Republic, a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people, and it is 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 sorts of retaliation.
And justice. The principle or qualities dealing fairly with others.
For all. For all which means boys and girls, it is as much as your country as it is mine. And now boys and girls, now 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.’ Under God. Wouldn’t it be a pity, if someone said that is a prayer, and that it would be eliminated from school, too?