Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wear Red, White, and Blue this Saturday!

The colors of the flag will be a good choice to wear this Saturday. It's Armed Forces Day!

In California a few years ago a shopping mall and the military held a big celebration where kids could go on helicopters, boats, and planes. This Saturday I will attend a picnic at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. From coast to coast we can celebrate!

This is a day to thank men and women who serve our country in the military. Many military bases will hold open houses and programs where you can take a tour or greet service personnel.

You can honor these people:
  • Wear red, white, and blue
  • Display the American flag
  • Write a letter to someone in the military
  • Pray for our men and women who are in battle areas
  • Visit a historic park where battles were fought. While there, pick up liter or donate money to help preserve the park.
  • Sing patriotic songs (Yankee Doodle, Battle Hymn of the Republic, America, God Bless America, The Star Spangled Banner)
  • Thank people in your family who served our country
  • Pray for peace
A way cool happening: One woman, Kathy Strong, wore a POW bracelet for 38 years and prayed the person named on the bracelet (Green Beret James Moreland, a medic) would be brought home. He died in Vietnam but no one had found and identified his bones. This year the military identified him through DNA tests. Last week Kathy took off the bracelet and it was buried with James. She also saw the Bible James read as a child and the verses he underlined. His boss (commanding officer) had become a preacher and did the service (he's a real hero too-Col. Longgrear and there's even a toy action figure of him).

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