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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

78 Killed in Dhaka, Bangladesh
At least 78 individuals have been killed, and dozens injured, after a fire in the historic Dhaka district, the capital of Bangladesh. In the area of the fire, buildings are closely packed together, with narrow streets, and many buildings are run-down. The fire is believed to have been caused when fuel cylinder in a car exploded. The fire spread rapidly. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all that are affected.
9 Killed in Chittagong, Bangladesh
At least nine individuals have been killed, and over 50 others injured, after a fire in a slum in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The cause of the fires is suspected to be a short circuit. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all those affected.
5 Killed in Aurora, Illinois
Five individuals were shot and killed at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois. Five police officers were injured and the gunman was eventually killed by the police. On the day of the shooting, the shooter was being fired from his position at the plant, where he had worked for the last 15 years. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
4 Killed in Kashmir
Four Indian soldiers have been killed in India-administered Kashmir, following a clash with militants. Recently, in the same region, over 40 others were killed in a suicide attack. Pakistani and Indian forces have been battling over the area. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
Flooded Gold Mine in Zimbabwe
Nine miners have been rescued alive from a flooded, illegal gold mine in Zimbabwe, while the bodies of 24 others have been recovered. Flooding occurring after a dam burst. While nine have been rescued, dozens of others remain missing and are feared dead. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the missing miners and for their families.
Force Withdraw Agreement in Yemen
Government and rebel forces have reached an agreement to withdraw forces around the port of Hudaydah. The withdraw is part of a ceasefire agreement reached last year. The conflict began in 2015, and has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. Please pray for peace in the region. Please pray for the families of the deceased and for healing for the injured.
7 Killed in Haiti
At least seven individuals have been killed as a result of protests against the government in Haiti. Protesters are protesting the soaring inflation and accuse the government of corruption and misappropriation of funds. The protesters have also asked for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. The President has rejected the idea. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for peace.
17 Killed in New Delhi, India
At least 17 individuals have been killed after a fire in a hotel in New Delhi, India. Thirty-five others were rescued from the fire and 19 were taken to the hospital for injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Heat Wave in Australia
A record heat wave, following a record drought, in Australia have farmers, and others, worried. The drought and heat have caused animals to die and worries that crops will not be able to be planted. Across the globe, the United States is experiencing record cold temperatures. Please pray for all those affected by extreme temperatures. Please pray for their safety and health.

It is 1963.The Supreme Court of the United States has removed prayer from public school.Now, it is January 14, 1969.America is in the midst of the hotly contested Vietnam War.Daily, images are shown on televisions and in papers of war protesters burning, trampling, and disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.

 

Richard Bernard Skelton, better known simply as Red Skelton, was a well-known comedian, hosting his own comedic television and radio shows for 30 years.For Red, January 14 was show-day.In a change from his normal comedic acts, Red took a five minute break from comedy to address a more serious issue.Red reflected back to his childhood, while he was still in school, and shared the following story:

 

"I remember this one teacher. To me, he was the greatest teacher, a real sage of my time.  He had such wisdom. We were all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and he walked over.  Mr. Lasswell was his name.  He said; 'I've been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance all semester, and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you.  If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word:


I: me, an individual, a committee of one. 
PLEDGE: dedicate all my worldly goods to give without self-pity. 
ALLEGIANCE: my love and devotion. 
TO THE FLAG: our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. 
Wherever she waves, there is respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody's job. 
OF THE UNITED: that means that we have all come together. 
STATES: individual communities that have united into 48 great states. 
Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that's love for country. 
OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC: a state in which sovereign power is vested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people. 
FOR WHICH IT STANDS
ONE NATION: meaning, so blessed by God. 
INDIVISIBLE: incapable of being divided. 
WITH LIBERTY: which is freedom and the right of power to live one's own life without threats or fear or some sort of retaliation. 
AND JUSTICE: the principle or quality of dealing fairly with others. 
FOR ALL: which means it's as much your country as it is mine.

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: 'under God.' 
Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said, 'That is a prayer,' and that would be eliminated for schools, too?'[1]

 

June 14 is annually celebrated in the United States of America as Flag Day.It is a day that we remember and commemorate that adoption of the flag of the United States, which occurred on June 14, 1777, just under a year after declaring Independence from England. The flag represents our country.It serves as a reminder of all who have died so that we may live freely.

Happy Flag Day!



[1] This was first broadcast on: 
From The Red Skelton Hour, CBS TV, January 14, 1969. 
COPYRIGHT 1969 RICHARD RED SKELTON

 

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