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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