I want to thank the American Legion Auxiliary for interviewing and including me in their magazine. The recent edition of the American Legion Auxiliary Magazine features patriotism:
“Keeping America’s Patriotism GOING STRONG. All across the country, Americans are demonstrating their loyalty to the United States in varied ways.”
“Inspiring the Next Generation” is the title of what I do. I am so proud, and quite humbled. Those words are big shoes to fill, and I am doing just that. The article is beautifully written, encompassing singing, picture books, quilting, art, and especially stories of events that brought patriotism to life for children.
When I received the phone call last fall to be part of this important organization’s wonderful magazine, I surprised myself at how many stories I had to tell about teaching patriotism. It isn’t something I do every day; it emerges naturally or spontaneously through singing, or looking at the map of the United States in our Big Book Atlas, or reading books like Peter Spier’s The Star Spangled Banner, or seeing an American flag. Patriotism is just ‘there’, and children see it all the time. So do I.
I have written about patriotism in many ways, and my blog must have been a link that connected the American Legion Auxiliary with me. I’m so glad.
With sincere thanks and gratitude,