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Begin each gathering with the Pledge of Allegiance. But on the first day, recite the pledge for the class and give a definition for each word. This was taken from a skit done by Red Skelton. YouTube no longer supports links to the video. However, either through Search or YouTube directly, you can search for the “Pledge of Allegiance by Red Skelton” and find several renditions of his presentation.

I –– Me; an individual; a committee of one.

Pledge — Dedicate all of my worldly good to give without self-pity.

Allegiance — My love and my devotion.

To the Flag — Our standard. “Old Glory”; a symbol of Freedom. And
wherever she waves, there is respect, because your loyalty has given
her a dignity that shouts “Freedom is everybody’s job.”

of the United — That means we have all come together.

States  of America — Individual communities that have united into 48 great states;
48 individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose; all divided
by imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common cause, and that’s love
of country, of America. (Why we are named America)

And to the Republic — A Republic: a sovereign state in which power
is invested into the representatives chosen by the people to govern; and
the 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; the right of power for one to live
his own life without fears, threats, or any sort of retaliation.

And Justice — The principle and qualities of dealing fairly with
others.

For All — For All. That means, boys and girls, it’s as much your
country as it is mine.

Now let your group 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.

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