I remember this one teacher. To me, he was
teacher, a real sage of my time. He had such wisdom. We
were all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and he walked
over. Mr. Lasswell was his name ...He said: "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
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
Of the United - that means that we have all come together.
States - individual communities that have United into 48
great states. 48 individual communities with pride arid dignity
and purpose, all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united
to a common purpose, and that's love for country.
And to the 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 and the right of power to live
one's own life without threats or fear or some sort of retaliation.
And justice - The principle or quality of dealing fairly with
For all - which means 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 word have been added to the Pledge of
Allegiance - "under God."
Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said, "That's a prayer" and
that would be eliminated from schools, too?
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