by Red Skelton
I rembember this one teacher. To me he was the greatest teacher, a real sage of my time. He had such wisdom. We were all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and he walked over. Mr. Lasswell was his name . . . He said:
"I've 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. If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word:
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.
Of the United -- that means that we have all come together.
States -- individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose, all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that's love for country.
And to the Republic-- a state in which soverign 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 -- meaning, so blessed by God.
Indivisible -- incapable of being divided.
With liberty -- which is freedom and the right of power to live one's own life without threats or fear or some sort of retaliation.
And justice -- the principle or quality of dealing fairly with others.
For all -- which means 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
Allegiance -- "under God." Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is
a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools too?
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Attack on America
Destruction was brought
to us this horrible day,
Every American felt helpless
There was no school or work
done that day,
How could this happen was
on everyone's mind,
We also learned that the
pentagon had been hit too,
War was the answer was what
Life, liberty and the pursuit
of happiness is the American way,
Whoever did this is insane
They killed others as well
as themselves and it is too sad,
And as each jet crashed down,
It didn't matter where you
The greed for power has hurt
This event is forever burned
in America's memory,
There are many ways to remember
the date, definitely more than one,
America: The Good Neighbor.
"This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth.
Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.
When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it.
When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped.
The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, armongering Americans.
I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10? If so, whydon't they fly them? Why do all the International lines except Russia fly American Planes?
Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon -not once, but several times and safely home again.
You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded.
They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.
When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke.
I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.
Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles I hope Canada is not one of those."
Stand proud, America!
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World War II Commemoration - World War II ended on September
2, 1945 with the formal surrender of Japan aboard the U.S. battleship
Missouri in Tokyo Bay. To commemorate the 50th anniversary
of the end of the war, Grolier put together this definitive collection
of World War II historical materials on the Web.
During World War II, a select group of young women pilots
became pioneers, heroes, and role models...They were the Women Airforce
Service Pilots, WASP, the first women in history trained to fly American
military aircraft. GO TO WASP on the WEB, a site dedicated to sharing
the history of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, and
shining a light on the inspirational stories of their lives before, during
and after WWII.
The Korean War, contains information including a Koren
War time line, Air War chronology, U.S. forces information, Special Operations
information and insignias, recommended reading and a Korean War discussion
This site recounts the history of Memorial Day. It originated
after the Civil War as "Decoration Day," when the graves of the war dead
were decorated with flowers. The end of May apparently was chosen because
flowers would be in bloom by that date all over the country.
The number of casualties for each of America's wars are listed here, beginning with the Revolutionary War and ending with the Persian Gulf War. The most expensive-WWII-cost about $15,655 per citizen in 1990 dollars. The least costly was the Mexican War at $52.13 each.