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4th of July is an opportunity to teach

July 2nd, 2010 by Deb McLean

With all our challenges, we still live in the greatest country in the world.  The 4th of July is one of our most important holidays and has more historical significance than any other day celebrated by the USA.  However, ask your kids.  To them it’s all about fireworks and eating Dad’s BBQ.   I like Dad’s BBQ as much as the next gal, but as parents, we should take this opportunity to use the 4th of July for a little history lesson.  Kids should  be taught that those exciting fireworks represent the blood and sacrifice of heroes on the battlefield (insert National Anthem lyrics here). 

 4th of July celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence by our Founding Fathers (Not all completed on July 4).  We celebrate this holiday with firecrackers, parades and picnics. It is important to enjoy these festivities with family and friends but it is equally important to teach children what this day really means.

It could be as simple as creating an American Flag cake.  The red, white and blue colors have significant meaning on the American Flag.

As you will remember from elementary school, the stars represent the states (the original flag had only 13 stars representing the original 13 colonies).  The white stripes also represent the 13 colonies and purity of intention. The red represents the blood shed for our freedom as well as hardiness and courage. The blue stands for the perseverance, vigilance and the seeking of justice.  The red, white and blue of the American Flag, the ultimate symbol of equality and freedom.  Surely you remember this.  But when was the last time you thought about it, or talked to your kids about it?

God Bless America and our brave men and women serving in our armed forces.  Have a very happy and safe 4th of July.

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