"Boys and girls, I
have been listening to you
recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester and it seems that it
has become monotonous
to you, or could it be
you do not understand the meaning of each word. If I may, I would like
to recite the pledge and give you a definition 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 courage.
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
States - individual communities that have united
into 48 great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride
and dignity and purpose; all divided by 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 - 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
And Justice - the principle or quality of dealing fairly
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
Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer and that would be
eliminated from schools too?