Flag Day in the United States

American Animated Flag (2)On June 14, Americans celebrate the adoption of the first national flag. Also known as the “Stars and Stripes” or “Old Glory,” the first American flag was approved by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. In 1818, after 5 more states joined the Union, Congress passed legislation fixing the number of stripes at 13 and requiring that the number of stars equal the number of states.

 

Listen……..as the late Red Skelton tells the story of his teacher, Mr. Laswell, who explained the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance, word by word.  Skelton did this on his television show in 1969.

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      • Thanks Jonco! It works now. And well worth it, too! Some people get all upset about the “under God” bit. In my faith, we do not have 1 “God”, there are many gods and goddesses, and when I would recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school, although I would say the words “under God”, in my heart and soul I would simply replace it with what I believed. But I guess some people just need to bitch and complain about things, don’t they? 😉

  1. Interesting. I listened to that fully wondering if the “under God” part was included or not. I don’t have a problem with that part but I can understand why people would, especially cause it was added after the fact to make the heathens stand out. It’s like making everyone proclaim that they believe in God and whoever failed to do so would be picked on by the other kids cause they are the devil.

    • The part about the 48 stars shoulda been a clue as to whether the words “under God” would be included, since that flag was used between 1912-1959, the “under God” bit was added in 1954.

      From my point of view, as a kid reciting the Pledge in school, those were the words of the oath. You can’t change them, and the words didn’t change what I felt in my heart, so I would just say it, and let it have the meaning I needed. Why fuss about it? Now, I remember some kids objecting to actually saying the oath, and that was fine for them. They were excused from saying it. But that was their choice. I still wanted to say it, because I was pledging my allegiance to this country – but my gods knew what my heart meant. 😉

      oh, and by the way – there is no devil. 🙂

      • Oh come on, don’t pretend like you knew those exact dates. I knew it was added a few decades ago. I also knew that Hawaii and Alaska didn’t get added as states till about halfway thru the 1900’s. You looked that up, don’t pretend like you knew.

        Why fuss about it? Why mess with it in the first place? So now you’d rather people not say the pledge cause of religious reasons than for everyone to be able to say it regardless of religion. I’d rather everyone be able to pledge their allegiance to the flag of the United States of America rather just those who could make it fit their religious belief.

        • Yeah, I’ll admit it: I looked it up. But since the story was about something that had happened to Red Skelton as a child, I already knew that the “under God” bit wouldn’t be in the oath he was talking about. The line about the 48 stars was the tip off. That’s what I meant. I was a bit pleasantly surprised when he made reference to the “under God” bit, like a side note.

          Pledging allegiance to the flag, and to the United States of America, isn’t about religious beliefs. It’s about loyalty to this country, and the symbol that represents it. This country, as I’m sure you know, was partially settled out of a desire to practice your faith without the “national” church telling you you’re wrong in the way you practice your belieFs. The “under God” bit was added by a growing desire to separate us from the “godless hoard” of Communism.

          I’m doubtful that the students who opted out of saying the “pledge” did so for religious reasons. This was back in the time of Vietnam and Watergate, and these students felt that they couldn’t completely follow what the country was doing, so it was their own conscientious objection to the way the country was being run. I remember them telling me this. That was their choice (or, maybe it was influenced by their parents or older siblings, I dunno). But, aside from the people on TV who bitch and moan about those 2 simple words, I’ve never actually known anybody who was so offended by “under God”, that they refused to recite the oath, and were upset that such a wording was an infringement of their personal beliefs. Then again, stick a camera in somebody’s face, and they’re willing to put on such a display of outrage and persecution…it’s very entertaining, isn’t it? 😉

          And really – don’t get me started on the people who complain about a Nativity display or a Menorah on their town/city greens in December!

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