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.
flag -- our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom.
United -- that means that we have all come together.
States -- individual communities that have
united into 48 great states.
And to the
republic -- a state in which sovereign power is
For which it stands, one nation -- one nation, meaning "so blessed by God"
Indivisible -- incapable of being divided.
liberty -- which is freedom -- the right of power to
And Justice -- the principle or quality of dealing fairly with others.
all -- which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country
Since I was a small boy, two
states have been added to our country