I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag…What's the message?

Independence Day is a great holiday – parades, BBQ, sun, games, family, chillin’.  Yet, it has roots in something so much more fundamental to our way of life. The intended message of this celebration included the Founding Fathers’ vision for a country that was set apart from every other. They wanted us to remember that freedom is not free and that we all have a responsibility to do our part to keep this country free. The Pledge of Allegiance helps remind us of this.

I make my living sending messages for companies publicizing their product or service.  These messages can be both intended and unintended. We have written at length about “unintended consequences” from messages we send.  Now, on our country’s birthday, we see ominous messages sent by those who may have forgotten the value of what July 4th represents.

When I read the Fox News story on Arlington High School’s refusal to promote the reciting of the Pledge in the classroom, my heart dropped. Why? Because of unintended ripple effects of unstated messages sent by the school’s teachers, administration, and parents who tolerate this unpatriotic behavior.

What message is this school sending to generations of schoolchildren? Government doesn’t matter? Laws are optional? Respect for our history should be ignored? Freedom is free?

If we won’t pledge allegiance to the flag of the USA, then perhaps we should spend some time in another country where dictators or anarchy rule. Then come home and remember that the best blood of EVERY generation of US citizens, and immigrants, has been spilled for the freedom we enjoy.

As my father who served as a USN pilot with John McCain, I love America.

I Pledge Allegiance the Flag… Long may it wave.  Happy Birthday America!!!!!

About the Author:

As founder of PilmerPR, John Pilmer, APR serves as a PR and marketing communications advisor for both emerging and established companies. He offers customers more than 20 years of results-driven business PR and marketing experience. John and the firm have provided PR consultation and campaigns for clients such as Mozy, Novell, AdvancedMD, Certiport, NextPage, ElectraTherm, Altiris, Avamar, EmergeCore Networks, FSLogic, INVISUS, 10x Marketing, MWI, Project Insight, REIC, Seastone, US Synthetic and Funding Universe (now Lendio), among others.
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  1. Morgan Spencer  July 28, 2010

    Well written John. I enjoyed your comments about General McChrystal too. -Morgan


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