In 1951, Red Skelton gave the following discourse on the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. It was given to him and his grade-school classmates by their teacher.
- Me, an individual, a committee of one;
- Dedicate all of my worldly goods, to give without self-pity;
- 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 everyone's job;
- OF THE UNITED:
- That means that we have all come together;
- STATES OF AMERICA:
- Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states
of America, 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 of 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 its 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;
- Incapable of being divided;
- WITH LIBERTY:
- Which is freedom,
the right of power to live one own life without threats,
fear or some sort of retribution;
- AND JUSTICE:
- The principal or qualities of dealing fairly with others;
- For All;
- For all, which means boys and girls,
its as much your country as its 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 Allegiance: under God. Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer and that would be eliminated from schools too?"
Red Skelton, 1951
In June of 1954 an amendment was made to add the words "under God". Then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower said "In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war."
June 2002: Virtually the entire Senate showed up for a morning prayer Thursday, heads bowed as they stood at their desks, to affirm that the United States is "one nation under God" after a federal appeals court declared the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional in schools.