Thursday, July 2, 2009

Fourth of July

As you celebrate Independence Day, hopefully you will take time to talk as a family about the great sacrifices people have made for our benefit, the qualities that make the United States a great place to live, and the responsibilities we all share in keeping this country free. If you have never read the Declaration of Independence, that might be a great place to start. Here are a few more suggestions:

  • Encourage those who are 18 and older to register to vote;
  • Remember all of the military who are serving on our behalf and the families they have left behind;
  • Study our nation's birthplace, Philadelphia;
  • Have a conversation about the freedoms we share as Americans;
  • Talk to a military veteran;
  • Thank employers who make it possible for people to serve in the National Guard and reserves;
  • Hold an Independence Day Parade in your neighborhood;
  • Investigate what red, white and blue mean to our country; or
  • Learn the significance of the stars and stripes on our nation's flag.

Perhaps one of the most important lessons children can learn from this celebration is that with freedom comes responsibility. We all have to learn how to live within limits and be aware of the role we play in maintaining the freedoms we enjoy. Winston Churchill once said, "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."

Happy Fourth of July!!!!!

1 comment:

Lynné said...

Great ideas....our daughter thought that the 4th was just about fireworks!