Gene Taylor (Gene.Taylor@PSCMAIL.PS.NET)
Fri, 19 Sep 1997 09:54:00 -0500
I know that many of us are looking for different Scoutmaster's
Minutes. While reading about the passing of Red Skelton on the
internet, I ran across this rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance that
I vaguely remember from my youth:
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 Freedom; wherever
she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a
dignity that shouts; Freedom is everybody's job.
United -- That means that we have all come together.
States -- 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.
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 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 retaliation.
And Justice -- The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with
For All -- 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
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.
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?
Scoutmaster, Troop 230
Detroit Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City