HELLO! Remember Me?

Memorial Day is approaching. This day of remembrance is symbolized by our great American flag. What if the flag could share its thoughts? What would that be? In my classroom I teach children about the American flag. It is the first step to instilling patriotism, learning about our country, and thanking our military and heroes. Please read and enjoy this excellent and important post from GP Cox.

Pacific Paratrooper

Tomorrow is 1 May, the start of Military Appreciation Month.  I thought it appropriate to remind some about the flag they fly under and why……

Some call me Old Glory, others call me the Star Spangled Banner, but whatever you call me, I am your Flag – the Flag of the United States of America.  There has been something that has been bothering me, so I thought that I might talk it over with you here today.

I remember some time ago, (I think it was Memorial Day, or was it Veterans’ Day?) that people were lined upon both sides of the street for a parade.  A high school band was behind me and, naturally, I was leading the parade.  When your Daddy saw me coming along, waving in the breeze, he immediately removed his hat and placed it so that his right hand was directly over his heart.


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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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30 Responses to HELLO! Remember Me?

  1. beth says:

    so important to remember –

  2. What a lovely post. I remember our glorious flag every day.

    • Jennie says:

      I do too, Jacqui. I’m proud to be a Navy wife and mom. I make sure I teach my preschoolers about the flag. Today I read aloud (and sang) the book “The Star-Spangled Banner”. I took the time to tell about the battle, and how Key came to write the song. YouTube tomorrow, and a blog post Thursday. I can never say too much about our American flag. Thank you!

  3. beetleypete says:

    Nice reblog, Jennie. 🙂
    I left a comment on GP’s blog.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. GP Cox says:

    Thank you, Jennie. It’s so nice to know that some people honor our flag. I always know that you do!!

    • Jennie says:

      You are most welcome, GP. Today I read aloud the book and sang the song, “The Star-Spangled Banner” for my preschoolers on YouTube. But, it was more than that. I tell about Key watching the battle from a ship in Baltimore. I stop to tell children what flying a flag at half mast is. There is so much in the book that brings the flag and our National Anthem to life. Thursday post. Please watch the video, it’s not long.

  5. Super reblog, Jennie.

  6. A timely reminder!

  7. jilldennison says:

    Sadly, I no longer feel any pride or love for this country, but it is good to remember what the flag once stood for, and what the nation once was. Sigh.

    • Jennie says:

      I know what you mean. Still, I try to look at the big picture and realize that politicians today and all the problems that are happening, are but a grain of sand over time in our great country. Shame on the press for their news reporting. Walter Cronkite would be horrified. We are a great nation, and your ‘good people doing good things’ stories are proof. The press rarely shows those stories. And, if I don’t teach children about our great nation, how will they ever learn? Thank you, Jill.

  8. As always Jennie, another great post! I believe that many of our youth have become uninformed or misinformed about our flag, military and the history of both, due to our cultural translations. Thank you Jennie for your positive influence and connect! ❤️❤️☕️☕️👍👍

  9. Elizabeth says:

    We fly a Betsy Ross flag since we live in a Colonial Revival home. Most of the houses on the street fly one or another flag. I think that the Viet Nam War gave many of us a very mixed response to seeing the flag since it seemed to support a conflict many of us disagreed with. I think we can honor the flag without having to accept the stance of “my country right or wrong.”

  10. Thank you for remembering, even i am a little bit late here i’d read on GP’s blog.

    • Jennie says:

      I really enjoy GP’s blog. This post was important, and I love how it was written through the voice of the flag.

      • I fully agree Jennie! Never had read so much about the US military, and their role in the Asia-Pacific area. Great to know, for understanding actual situations.

      • Jennie says:

        I’m glad you enjoy GP’s blog. Many people only think of WWII in Europe. The war in the Pacific after we were bombed at Pearl Harbor was just as big as the war in Europe. Best to you, Michael.

  11. I love it! What a cute project. I am glad you are honoring the flag in the classroom.

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