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Oaths & Pledges - Western

Hopalong Cassidy's Creed - Riding atop his horse Topper, (William "Hoppy" Boyd) starred as Hopalong Cassidy, a western hero dressed in black who helped maintained law and order in the Old West with the help his sidekicks Gabby Hayes, Andy Clyde and, Edgar Buchanan in a series of western films produced from 1945-49 and on the western adventure HOPALONG CASSIDY/NBC/1949-5.

William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy

Throughout his career as a western movie star, William Boyd realized his importance as a role model to children and so, he set forth principles by which they should behave. He called them his "Creed for American Boys and Girls." These ten commandments of good citizenship are listed below.

1. The highest badge of honor a person can wear is honesty. Be mindful at all times.
2. Your parents are the best friends you have.  Listen to them and obey their instructions.
3. If you want to be respected, you must respect others. Show good manners in every way.
4. Only through hard work and study can you succeed. Don't be lazy.
5. Your good deeds always come to light.  So don't boast or be a show off.
6. If you waste time or money today, you will regret it tomorrow. Practice thrift in all ways.
7. Many animals are good and loyal companions.  Be friendly and kind to them.
8. A strong, healthy body is a precious gift.  Be neat and clean.
9. Our country's laws are made for your protection. Observe them carefully.
10. Children in many foreign lands are less fortunate than you. Be glad and proud you are an American.

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