January 14, 2019 / Red Skelton Museum launches “Year of the Pledge” celebration
VINCENNES, Ind. - Legendary comedian Red Skelton broadcast his
stirring rendition of “The Pledge of Allegiance” on the Red Skelton
Hour on January 14, 1969. Using the persona of his grade school
principal, Mr. Lasswell, Skelton meticulously explained every line of
the Pledge, which remains as poignant today as it was 50 years ago.
On Tuesday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m. (EST), the Red Skelton Museum of
American Comedy in Vincennes, Indiana, launched a year-long
celebration of “Red’s Pledge” with an exhibit opening that features
artifacts, news articles, and letters from senators and congressmen.
The Pledge Anniversary event will feature the Lincoln band
playing Red’s White and Blue march, a video montage of celebrities
reciting Red’s Pledge, and remarks from area dignitaries.
Red Skelton’s Pledge made a tremendous impact when it first
aired and continues to inspire citizens today. It has been read into
the congressional record four times since 1969.
Events celebrating the Pledge will continue throughout the
year, with the next scheduled for Flag Day on June 14. Details about
upcoming events surrounding the “Year of the Pledge” are available at RedSkeltonMuseum.org.
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