During the night of January 14, 1969, Mr. Skelton =
was speaking about his boyhood memories of school. He stated that =
one of the things that really stood out was the way one of his teachers =
presented the Pledge of Allegiance. Following is the monolog he =
"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 =3D =
me, an individual, a committee of one.
=3D dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without =
Allegiance =3D my love and my =
To the Flag [of the] =3D 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 =
United =3D that means that we have all come =
States [of America] =3D 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 purpose, and that’s love =
and to =
the Republic For Which It Stands Republic =3D … 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.
Nation =3D One Nation … meaning, so blessed by God.
Indivisible =3D incapable of being =
With Liberty =3D which is freedom, the right of =
power to live one’s own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of =
Justice =3D the principle or qualities of dealing fairly with =
All =3D … which means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it =
And now boys and girls let me hear you recite, the =
Pledge of Allegiance.
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 =
Wouldn’t it be a pity if someone said, ‘That =
is a prayer,’ and then that would be eliminated from schools, =
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thought with the division and discontent created by those who lost the =
election, this was worthy of a reprint.
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Dr Bob Griffin =
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"Jesus Knows Me, This I =