Whatcha doin for Memorial Day?

14 May

My son recently was able to witness a flag retirement ceremony with his cub scout pack.  It’s a very moving ceremony, and I wish all young men and women could see it at least once. 

ImageToo often I stand in a classroom and young adults won’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, or they’ll stand and not recite it.  It’s their right, as an American, to do so, and I don’t truly believe they mean any disrespect in their heart, and I cannot legally make them stand or say anything.  However, I wish they had an idea of the sacrifices our men and women have made to protect that freedom, and the hardship and heartaches our citizens have endured to keep our country free.  They don’t call us “home of the brave” for nothing. 

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Memorial Day and Independence Day are coming up, so in honor of our flag, I’m sharing some printables that other bloggers have so graciously created. 

 

Remember Me?

Some people call me Old Glory, others call me the Star Spangled Banner, but what ever they call me I am your Flag, the Flag of the United States of America.

Something has been bothering me, so I thought I might talk it over with you, because it is about you and me.

I remember some time ago people lined on both sides of the street to watch the parade and naturally, I was leading every parade, proudly waving in the breeze.

When your daddy saw me coming he immediately removed his hat and placed it against his left shoulder so that his hand was directly over his heart. Remember?

And you, I remember you, standing there straight as a soldier. You didn’t have a hat, but you were giving the right salute.

Remember little sister? Not to be outdone, she was saluting the same as you with her right hand over her heart. Remember?

What happened? I am still the same old flag.

Oh, I have a few more stars since the old days.

A lot more blood has been shed since those parades of long ago.

But now I don’t feel as proud as I used to.

When I come down your street, you just stand there with your hands in your pockets and I may get a small glance and then you look away.

Then I see the children running around and shouting, they didn’t seem to know who I am.

I saw one man take his hat off, then looked around. He didn’t see anybody else with their hats off so he quickly put his hat back on.

Is it a sin to be patriotic anymore?

Have you forgotten what I stand for and where I’ve been? Anzio, Guadalcanal, Korea, Viet Nam, Okinawa.

Take a look at the memorial honor rolls sometime of those who
never came back to keep this Republic Free.

One Nation Under God.

When you salute me, you are actually saluting them.

Well, it wont be long until I’ll be coming down your street again.

So, when you see me, stand straight, place your right hand over your heart, and I’ll salute you by waving back, and I’ll know that …
YOU REMEMBER!

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And there’s some fun easy Kid’s activities here.

 

Special Thanks to
http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com for the kid's activities
http://www.nobiggie.net for the Flag printable
Wendy Dew for taking great photographs of the ceremony and allowing me to use them
and to all the Cub Scout leaders and firemen for putting the ceremony together.
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