Submitted by Pastor Tony Pittenger, Bethany Lutheran Church, Port Orchard, WA.
On Monday, September 11, 2017 our Lutheran School and Early Learning Center participated in a “Patriot Day” observance.
- First we “assembled” a flag in our fence using colored cups. Pastor Pittenger explained the symbolism of the blue field “union” and the 50 white stars while the children from the Early Learning Center placed stars on the cups.
- Second Pastor Locklair explained the symbolism of the 13 stripes and of the red and white colors while the other students finished the flag with red and white cups. (Contact me for details on a pattern for making this flag. firstname.lastname@example.org )
- Then the children of the Early Learning Center sang “It’s a Grand Old Flag” for the rest of the students.
- We processed to the school flag pole where the flag was being flown at half staff. Pastor Pittenger explained the reason for the flag being lowered (9/11) and led the students in prayer for our country and those who serve for our defense.
- Lastly we sang the National Anthem while gathered around the flag pole.
- We got the original idea for this in 2016 for the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Last year we participated in the American Public Education Foundation’s “National Anthem Sing Along.” We invited personnel from local Army & Navy recruiting offices, as well as EMT, Fire, and Police to be our “guests of honor.” We sang at the appointed time, thanked them vocally and with cards, and asked those who could to stay and play with us at recess. Unfortunately, that event is not planned for this year. (See https://www.theapef.org/national-anthem-sing-a-long )