|September 30, 1951
August 1, 1971
|On his TV program, "The Red Skelton Hour", he
related what his teacher, Mr. Laswell, told the class
about what each word meant to the Pledge Of
Allegiance. This has been circulating and heard
hundred's of thousdands of times and still as
popular today as it was at the time he made this
recording from his show.
|"I have been listening to you boys and girls recite the
Pledge Of Allegiance all semester, and it seems as though
it's becoming monotonous to you. If I may, may I recite it
and try to explain to you the meaning of each word?"
|Me, an individual, a committee of one.
|Dedicate all my wordly goods to give without self-pity.
|My love and my devotion.
|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!!"
|That means that we have all come togther.
|Individual communities that have united into forty-eight
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.
|One Nation-----meaning so blessed by God.
|Republic -- A state in which soverign power is invested in
representitives chosen by the people to govern, and
government is the people, and it's from the people to the
leaders, and not from the leaders to the people.
|Which is Freedom! The right of power to live one's own life
without threats, fear or some sort retaliation.
|Incapable of being divided.
|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
|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 it is a prayer,
and that it would be eliminated from schools too?
|Click on the photo to see
my website on the life of
Red Skelton...from his
birth to his death and all
the wonderful years
inbetween. From the
man, to the perfofrmer,
to the artist to the
humanitarian. He was
an icon and an
inspiration to so many.