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Recording:  "I Pledge Allegiance "
As Recorded by:  Red Sovine
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For the Red,White and Blue

Image of school children as they raise the United States flag.

I pledge allegiance....
Recited by Red Sovine

Back several years ago, when I was a kid in school, our class was reciting the Pledge of Allegiance one day, and the school principle walked in, and he stepped in front of the class, and looking real serious he said, " I have 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.  So, if I may, I would like to recite it, and try to explain to you the meaning of each word."

Me;  an individual;  a committee of one.
Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.

My love and my devotion.

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.

That means that we have all come together.

Individual communities that have united into forty-eight 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 is love for country.

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.


One Nation - meaning, so blessed by God.

Incapable of being divided.

Which is Freedom;  the right of power to live one's own life,
without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.

The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.

For All - which means, boys and girls,
it's as much your country as it is mine.

And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands
One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

And since I was that small boy, two states have been added to our country,
and two words have been added to the Pledge Of Allegiance...
"Under God"
Oh, wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that it's a prayer,
and that would be eliminated from our schools, too?
~Words Spoken By Red Sovine 1976~

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