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Celebrating America in Grade School

We settled in our seats to await the beginning of the evening program. We were in the elementary school multipurpose room. The fourth and fifth grade students marched in, led by their teachers, and found their place on the risers at the front of the room.

One of the benefits of being a grandparent is the invitation to special events. Our granddaughter was wearing a sparkling silver dress. All of the students were dressed up. Some years ago we would have said their Sunday best.

The students performed songs from a variety of musicals including The Music Man, The King and I, and Hamilton. The boys and girls had learned synchronized hand motions and executed them flawlessly. They were having a good time!

They also performed a tribute to George Cohan by singing Give My Regards to Broadway and my favorite song of the evening, You’re a 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

Under red, white and blue

Where there’s never a boast or brag

But should old acquaintance be forgot

Keep your eye on the grand old flag

I was glad to see children celebrating our heritage in song. Do you remember saying the Pledge of Allegiance at school?

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Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

4 Comments on “Celebrating America in Grade School

  1. I certainly remember the pledge! I remember patriotism, prayer and even a dress code in my (public) elementary school. We all wore cute dresses, white socks and Mary Jane shoes:)

  2. We need to teach our kids the cost,
    of what this country’s worth;
    of all the brave who have been lost
    to preserve freedom on the Earth.
    There is not a single other place
    where a man can speak his mind,
    where self-defence is not a grace
    by bureaucrats declined.
    The Bible, here, has not been banned,
    and from it we may teach.
    Not the case in Europe-land
    where it’s called ‘hate speech’.
    We need to cherish what we have
    before it is too late to save.

    #1 at FMF this week.

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