“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” ― Ronald Reagan
In 1969, Red Skelton, the American comedian and entertainer, wrote a brilliant speech on the importance of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Reflecting on his time in Vincennes, Indiana…he spoke about the values instilled by his high school principal in the words of the Pledge of Allegiance.
In the words of Mr. Red Skelton…
We had just finished reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and he (Mr. Lasswell, the principal of Vincennes High School) called us all together, and he says:
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.
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 is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts “Freedom is everybody’s job.”
United — That means 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 for country.
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; the right of power to live his own life without threats, fear or some sort of retaliation.
And Justice — The principle or qualities of dealing fairly with others.
For All — For All. Which means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.
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 would be eliminated from schools too?
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Gary Ryan Blair is a proud patriot, successful entrepreneur, engaged citizen and #1 bestselling author of Why Every Vote Counts.
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