"His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed" (Psalm 72:17).
"Mom, it's my turn to hold the flag today, right?" asked my five-year-old son.
"Yes, honey," I replied, "but you can't be silly. If you want to hold the flag, you have to stand up straight and tall with your right hand on your heart."
As we started the day with the Pledge of Allegiance, holding the flag was considered an honor in our homeschool. My father was a World War II veteran who had passed on his love for history, country, and flag to his children and grandchildren. Sharing heroic stories of combat and bravery, my father instilled a sense of pride and respect for the American flag, especially on June 14.
June 14 was first proclaimed Flag Day in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson and officially became recognized as National Flag Day in 1949 when President Harry Truman signed the National Flag Day into law. Although June 14 is not declared an official federal holiday, it is a wonderful day for homeschoolers and all Americans to show respect for what our flag represents — one nation under God. With so many voices disputing that fact today, teaching our children to honor and handle the flag correctly is one way to develop a patriotic spirit and appreciation for those who died in protecting our flag.
Does your homeschooling family know how to honor the American flag? If not, today is a great day to start a short unit study on our nation's greatest symbol. As your children learn to honor those who have died to keep Old Glory waving, they'll also discover the Holy God who made our country great. "All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the LORD's: and he is the governor among the nations" (Psalm 22:27-28).
Lord, help us to remember the blessings You gave this country because we trusted in You. Show me how to teach my children how to honor the flag, so they might continue to keep this one nation under God. In Jesus' name, Amen.