Every American should take a few minutes to listen to this legendary comedian help us to realize the full meaning of our Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag and Our Nation.
Here is the link to this video by Red Skelton:
I just recently found this clip in April of this year. I wish I would have founded it earlier. I shared it with my Boy Scout Troop 2077 on Memorial Day. I told them how it made me really pay attention and fully understand the meaning and symbolism of those words that prior to this I recited as just words.
This clip left the same impression on my as a lecture by Coach Harvey Mize in my high school Civics class when I was a sophomore at McEwen High School in McEwen, Tennessee. This was way back in 1984 Coach told us about what the National Anthem means to him as a Vietnam War Veteran and the visions and thoughts that go through his head when it played before a game. He talked about memories of the war and thoughts of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. From that day forward even until today every time I hear the Star Spangled Banner I remember that lecture and tears come to my eyes just as they did that day. He brought new meaning and understanding to a song that before that point was just words and a melody.
I challenge each of you today to carefully listen and watch the video below. Truly digest its content and think about its meaning. Then think about the thousands upon thousands of men and women who have served and defend our country as well as the thousands who died or were seriously disabled defending our rights and freedoms. If that does not make you humbly thankful and emotional then I would question your true feelings as an American citizen.
Happy Fourth of July to all!
T. Patrick Burgess