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CHILDREN’S STORIES & POEMS
FLAG DAY (also see 11 Facts About Flag Day: June 14 )
For children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and finger plays that provide Flag Day entertainment and information.
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What did one US flag say to the other?
(Nothing, it just waved!)
Where is there an American flag which is never lowered never raised and never saluted?
Link On the moon, left by the astronauts.
What’s red, white, blue and yellow?
The Star-spangled Banana!
What did the patriotic dog do on Flag Day?
He flagged his tail!
What’s red, white, blue, and green?
A patriotic pickle.
Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong. —James Bryce
True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going. —Robert Reich
YOU’RE A GRAND OLD FLAG
You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev’ry heart beats true
For the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
But should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.
AMERICAN FLAG (sung to “Frere Jacques”)
What is red? What is white?
What is blue? What is striped?
What has many stars? What has many stars?
Can you guess, how many there are?
Then the kids shout 50.
FLAG SONG (sung to “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
Our flag is red, white, & blue red,
white & blue red,
white & blue
Our flag is red, white, & blue
in the U.S.A.
Our flag has 50 stars,
50 stars, 50 stars,
Our flag has 50 stars, in the U.S.A.
Our flag has 13 stripes,
13 stripes, 13 stripes,
Our flag has 13 stripes,
in the U.S.A.
The following are not laws;
they are examples of courteous flag etiquette.
1. Fly a U.S. flag above all other flags on a flagpole.
2. An upside-down flag is a sign of distress.
3. A flag at half-mast is a sign of mourning.
4. When raising or lowering a flag half-mast, first raise the flag to
the top of the flagpole.
5. It is unacceptable to lower a flag over a casket into a grave.
6. It is acceptable to display a flag at night if it is properly illuminated.
7. The blue portion of the flag will be visible on a properly folded flag.
8. Give a flag that’s beyond repair to your local American Legion Post
– they will dispose of it properly.
BETSY ROSS Elizabeth Griscom
Betsy Ross lived in Philadelphia.
Betsy Ross was a seamstress.
Betsy Ross made flags for George Washington.
Betsy Ross made the first American Flag.
To continue reading http://www.educationalsynthesis.org/famamer/ERoss.html
YANKEE DOODLE DONKEY
A Tongue Twister Tale by S. E. Schlosser
Dolly Dittlemore put her harmonica into her pocket and said: “I am going to march in the Fourth of July parade. Don’t get into any trouble, Yankee Doodle.”
Yankee Doodle, her pet donkey, nodded his shaggy brown head up and down and continued to munch on the piece of drape he had bitten from the window. Dolly and her father left the bright sunny garden and walked down Drake Drive together.
Suddenly Yankee Doodle realized Dolly had gone downtown without him. Yankee Doodle brayed in distress. He dropped the drape and trotted to the gate. Yankee Doodle nudged the door open. Then Yankee Doodle went to town.
By the time Yankee Doodle reached the end of Drake Drive there was no sign of Dolly. Yankee Doodle drifted past Anna’s Fresh Fruit Stand. Yankee Doodle liked the look of Anna’s apples. He took a mouthful.
“There’s a donkey eating the apples!” shouted a little boy.
Anna came running out of the store.
“Shoo Yankee Doodle!” she shouted. “Go home.”
Yankee Doodle did not want to go home. Instead, he To continue reading http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/2010/07/yankee_doodle_donkey.html
Nancy Byrd Turner
Look up, there’s our flag!
We can count every star,–
And the red, blue, and white,
How lovely they are!
Floating high, floating wide,–
We can see it from far,
Our flag, it’s the flag,
We can count every star!
In the sun, in the wind,
Do its bright colors shine.
O look at the flag,
It is yours, it is mine!
There are many flags in many lands,
There are flags of every hue;
But there is no flag, however grand,
Like our own Red, White, and Blue.