©2011 Susan Noyes Anderson
When I was small, I pledged the flag.
I said the words real loud.
I stood up straight and tall because
it made me feel so proud.
My daddy was a soldier, and
the flag made him proud, too.
He fought for what it stood for.
It stood for me and you.
And that’s still true.
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands; one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Does your child know the pledge of allegiance? Does he have frequent opportunities to recite it? Is he aware of what the flag stands for and how many brave men and women have died defending it? If we are relying upon the schools to teach our children these things, we will probably be disappointed. Perhaps it’s time to teach the children ourselves, as parents, to honor this country and its symbols again.
If this poem resonated with you, you might also like “Patriot Dreams.”