The flag is one of the most important in every country. In fact, in addition to being a symbol of unity of the land, it is a reminder of the history of a country. The design and color of any given national flag symbolizes a specific thing, which passed on from one generation to another to mark where the country has come from as well as its future (Hylland and Jenkins, 17). Because of this significance, the flag is one of the most respected symbols in any given country. However, it is unfortunate to note that the importance and appreciation accorded to the flag decline with the course of time; perhaps due to an increase in the generation gap between those who first created our national flag and the modern generation (Hylland and Jenkins, 29). This is becoming an alarming issue to a point where schools have even stopped pledging for our flag.
Schools, the military, as well as other government institutions are at the top of the leading institutions passing the culture of appreciating the symbolism of the flag. Pledging to our national flag is one way of passing the teachings of the significance of this symbol from one generation to another (Ravi, 44). Therefore, there is need to ensure this culture is promoted not only in our schools, but also in other institutions to enhance the continuation of our national history from generation-to-generation. Besides, it is one of the ways of promoting unity, peace, and respect among the people in the country (Amienyi, 68). Perhaps, one of the ways of promoting pledging for our flag is training the children to not only be in a position to recite our national anthem, but also to understand what it means in connection to the flag and why it is important to our future as a country.
Amienyi, Osabuohien P. Communicating National Integration: Empowering Development in African Countries. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005. Print.
Hylland Thomas E. and Jenkins Richard. Flag, Nation and Symbolism in Europe and America. New York: Routledge, 2007
Ravi Samuel S. A Comprehensive Study of Education. Boston: PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd, 2009