I realized that we haven’t yet taught our kids the Pledge of Allegiance, when we were asked to say it in church this week. I want to get right on that- it is a good reminder of how good we have it.
The Pledge of Allegiance “Meaning”
— As told by Red Skelton
Mr. Laswell, Red Skelton’s teacher, felt that his students had come to think of the Pledge of Allegiance as merely something to recite in class each day. Here is the text of that story.
“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.
To the Flag — 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!
United — that means that we have all come together.
States — individual communities that have united into 48 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.
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’s 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 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.
I found the above on a blog called Freedom Isn’t Free- how true is that!