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Fake Soldiers, Staged Funeral Used In RNC Video

10/05/2008 05:12 am 05:12:01 | Updated May 25, 2011

It was a video that was supposed to elicit soaring patriotism and real emotions about the Pledge of Allegiance. But to do that, it used fake soldiers and a staged military funeral instead of the real thing.

On Tuesday night, 15-year-old Victoria Blackstone, a sophomore at the St. Agnes School in St. Paul, led the crowd at the Xcel Energy Center in the Pledge of Allegiance. The audience heard her 434-word essay, "Pledging myself to the Flag of the United States of America," an essay she'd entered it in the "Wave the Stars & Stripes" essay contest and won. The RNC turned that essay into a three and a half minute video, a visually stirring montage rolling over Victoria's words about sharing the Pledge with Americans who have stood at important moments in history.

There's the Continental Congress...A real WWII vet...Photos of workers at Ground Zero. A close-up of a folded flag presented to a grieving widow at a military funeral... profiles of soldiers swelling with pride in slo-motion.

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