Kids:The Star Spangled Banner and the Pledge of Allegiance

November 8, 2008 | Categrory: being an American, our flag

Some of you parents out there will assume that your children will learn the National Anthem and the Pledge a Allegiance in school, we did! This is not necessarily the case, so kids may want to know about Francis Scott Key , who penned the words to our national anthem while watching a battle between America and England. He saw the flag of our nation still standing in the early morning light and wrote the words by inspiration there. Look around next time you are at a ballgame…do the people stop? Do they put their hand over their heart? Do they seem to know the words? As military families we need to teach these signs of respect and allegiance to the next generation. Here are the words to our National Anthem :

The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight;
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming.
And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

The words to the Pledge of Allegience

I pledge allegiance
to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the Republic
for which it stands,
one nation,
under God,
with liberty
and justice for all.

Talk to kids about the words. the meaning and what a pledge is, it is a promise to be faithful to the country they enjoy. I think that there is much American bashing, an attitude of those who call themselves progressives, that this nation is inferior to others . It is not. Let’s teach our children what is worth fighting for. In Jeremiah 15 it is said that we must decide what is important and what is worthless. Read it, and then take inventory.

Here is another place to see original documents and quotes form the founding fathers…decide by the documents themselves what was being said. It is also a good place to go if you feel a little rusty on American History! :

One Response to “Kids:The Star Spangled Banner and the Pledge of Allegiance”

  1. kathleen…You have done an excellent job encouraging parents to teach the early steps of patriotism. I enjoyed reading the words, I’ve recited them countless times…but it is so important to stop and read. Thank you for this post!

    ~AirmanMom returning to her blog…