Yesterday, the official Charlie Daniels Twitter account shared a heartfelt post. The post acknowledged how hard the past week has been. Attached to the post was a video of Charlie breaking down the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance. They posted the video to “help remind us of the importance of the Pledge and its true meaning.”
In the video, a slide show of images plays as Charlie Daniels recites Red Skelton’s commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance. The recitation breaks down the Pledge almost word for word. It stops to give a contextual meaning of the major words and phrases within the Pledge.
It starts with a story that Skelton told about his days as a young boy in Vincennes, Indiana. Their teacher gathered the kids around after saying the Pledge that morning for a special message. He said that it seemed that it seemed that pledging allegiance to the flag every morning had become monotonous to them. He wanted them to know how important the Pledge was. So, he started breaking down several of the key phrases. This analysis makes up the bulk of the rest of the recitation.
Charlie Daniels brings gravity to the late icon’s words. He speaks each word with such weight. It’s clear that Charlie believes what he is saying in his heart of hearts. His deep voice is full of calm conviction as he dissects the Pledge of Allegiance and explains why it is so important to him and countless others.
Charlie Daniels and Patriotism
While casual listeners know the Charlie Daniels Band for songs like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” the band covered several heavy topics. Many of these dealt with patriotism and our country’s treatment of veterans returning from war.
For instance, “In America” is a Cold War-era anthem about the strength of the American spirit. “Still in Saigon,” tells the story of a young man who went to Vietnam and came back with serious PTSD. Lines like “My younger brother calls me a killer and my daddy calls me a vet,” highlight some of the social stigma connected with military service at the time.
Even now, months after his death, Charlie Daniels reminds us what patriotism looks like.