Flag Day–June 14th

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You’re a Grand Old Flag

by George M. Cohan

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev’ry heart beats true
‘neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev’ry heart beats true
‘neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

Today in the United States of America is Flag Day. This is the day where we celebrate the adoption of the stars and stripes as the official colors for the USA Flag which happened on June 14, 1777.  It is also on this day that the Army celebrates it’s birthday! Happy 238th Birthday to the best Army in the world!! 

The colors of our flag each hold a meaning, a symbolism of what this country stands for:

  • Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor
  • White symbolizes Purity and Innocence
  • Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.

Unless you live in Pennsylvania, where it’s an official holiday, you most likely won’t have the day off. But don’t let stop you from recognizing this great flag, you too can honor this flag today by wearing a flag pin, wearing the colors red, white, and blue, or displaying the flag in your front yard! Kids can participate too! There are plenty of crafts, coloring pages, and recipes they can celebrate with.

Below are few ideas on how everyone can take some time today to honor our grand ol’ flag!

Crafts

  1. Patriotic Windsock
  2. Patriotic Pinwheel
  3. String of Stars
  4. Cut a 5–point star in one snip
  5. Sidewalk chalk flag
  6. Finger Paint Flag
  7. Patriotic Centerpiece (also great for the 4th of July!)
  8. Patriotic Collage

Materials Needed:

Red, white, and blue construction paper

Scissors

Glue

Star stickers (optional)

Red, white, and blue paint (optional)

Red, silver, and blue glitter (optional)

Give kids red, white, and blue construction papers; scissors; and glue. Star stickers; red, white and blue paints; and glitters may be provided, if desired.

Let imaginations have free reign! Tell students to assemble materials into an original patriotic wall hanging.

They may want to create banners based on a stars-and-stripes theme. They may want to tear paper into small pieces, then assemble into the shape of a patriotic symbol (flag, eagle, Statue of Liberty, etc.) They may want to crate an abstrat design–anything goes!

Recipes

  1. Poke Cake
  2. American Flag Cake
  3. Ribbon Salad
  4. Firecracker Fried Chicken Drumsticks (these might be too spicy for little ones, take note)
  5. Red, White, and Blue Slaw Salad
  6. American Potato Salad (wouldn’t be much of a cook out without a big bowl of potato salad!)

Hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend!

Amanda Gayle

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