Elizabethtown, N.C. On February 11th, GOP Lieutenant Governor Candidate Greg Gebhardt hosted a 'Right to Pledge' rally in Elizabethtown, drawing a crowd from across Bladen County to honor the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. This event came just one hour prior to the February meeting of the local Board of Elections, where last month, the chair of the board refused to allow members of the public to recite the pledge at the beginning of the meeting.
Rally-goers included Bladen County Republican Party chairman Wayne Schaeffer and current Board of Elections member Michael Aycock.
Many locals came to support the cause and to fellowship around patriotic, pro-constitution ideals. At the rally, Greg Gebhardt offered the following:
"We're here to honor the pledge and to recite the pledge, to show our respect to Old Glory...That's America, that's what makes America great. People here respect the flag, they know what it stands for,"
said Gebhardt "The people here aren't afraid to stand for [the flag]."
"When I caught news that the chair of the Bladen County Board of Elections threatened to have people arrested for exercising their first amendment right to recite the pledge of allegiance...That's un-American, that's anti-American! That goes against what many of us veterans here fought for.
"There are plenty of people in this state that are proud to stand for the flag. There are plenty of people across this country that know what it means to honor the flag, and that's why we're here. We're not going to run and hide when our first amendment right is threatened."
Greg and his team will continue their journey across North Carolina through the month of February as part of their "First in Flight" Tour. To see his full schedule of Meet & Greets and Rallies across the state, go online to www.jointeamgreg.com/flightplan
You can find Gebhardt on the web at www.JoinTeamGreg.com
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- Contact: Deanna Brunner