"When we honor our flag we honor what we stand for as a Nation --
freedom, equality, justice, and hope." ~Ronald Reagan
Americans celebrate Flag Day on June 14th to commemorate the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777 -- 240 years ago!
Below are some good ways to teach our children the history and meaning of the flag and to help them appreciate our unique and precious heritage. Choose a few of the activities for your family to enjoy. Invite friends to join you if you'd like, and create happy, meaningful memories together.
* Display the flag. Talk about what it represents, what it means to you, and any family flag
traditions you may want to create.
* Say the Pledge of Allegiance and discuss what it means. (Try saying it in sign language.)
* Learn about the history of the flag. (See first video below.)
* Read the inspiring 2017 Presidential Flag Day Proclamation. Discuss why Flag Day matters.
Learn the history of Flag Day.
* Learn flag etiquette, how to fold the flag, and why the way it's folded is significant.
* Read books with your family that help you "appreciate our flag and the sacrifices it has
motivated." This article has some helpful suggestions for adults and older children.
* Learn about and sing our national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner."
* Sing or listen to patriotic songs. Great songs about our flag include:
- The Star Spangled Banner.
- You’re a Grand Old Flag
- There are Many Flags
- When the Flag Goes By
- Take Your Hat Off When the Flag Goes By
* Make patriotic crafts. Here are more ideas. You could use the crafts as part of a family parade
with young children, or to decorate for the 4th of July.
* Serve patriotic treats, or keep it simple with watermelon or root beer floats.
Whether you celebrate alone, or with family or friends, I hope you have a meaningful and fun time!
Beautiful medley about the flag and what it represents...