Learn about patriotic holidays in the US, Canada and Australia. Find patriotic printables, coloring sheets and clip art, patriotic iron ons and patriotic cards. Learn about the history and true meaning of Memorial Day- Decoration Day.
||Features : Holidays : Australia, Canada, US Patriotic Holidays
Peace Poppies Silver Necklace
11 - Patriot Day (US Holiday)
Click here for
learning resources related to 9-11.
USA - July 4
US Pledge of Allegiance
"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."
The 15-star flag, inspiration for the Star
Spangled Banner (above)
Do you know the lyrics to "The Star Spangled
Banner" - the US National Anthem? Click
to learn more about the US National Anthem Project
Canada Flag Day - February
Canada's National Anthem is O
here to learn more about Canada and her history,
people, customs and holidays.
US Memorial Day - May
Click to learn about the history of Memorial
Day, and about Poppy Buddies
Read about the History and Meaning of Memorial
US Flag Links
The Pledge of Allegiance - USA
The United States celebrates Flag Day each year
on June 14. Americans pledge their allegiance
to the flag with the following oath:
"I pledge allegiance to 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
Memorial Day - US (May)
fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the
dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our
quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
US Memorial Day
by Lee Hansen - Pastiche Family Portal
Printables - stickers, iron ons, posters
Memorial Day is a US holiday of reverence and respect for those who served
the nation in military service. The holiday was formerly known as Decoration
Day, and observed on May 30th every year. The original name came from the practice
of decorating the graves of veterans who died during battles of the Civil War.
The observance later expanded to commemorate fallen soldiers from all past or
current conflicts, and then later still to include all US service veterans.
Memorial Day is a day marked by solemn military and government observances
and local parades through the nation; many families also observe the day as
one of personal tribute and reflection by decorating the graves of family members,
both veterans and non-veterans. In recent years commercial enterprises have
promoted the holiday as a 3-day kickoff to summer and family activities. As
a result, the true meaning and history become slightly obscured in times of
peace. Nevertheless, in Washington DC on Memorial Day the president or vice
president visits Arlington National Cemetery and lays a wreath at the tomb of
the Unknown Soldier. Military honor guards fire their rifles in salute, speakers
help the public remember the real meaning for Memorial Day, and parades featuring
representatives of the armed forces, veterans organizations and veterans take
place in communities large and small. Most communities conduct cemetery ceremonies
and place flags and/or flowers on the graves of veterans and hold public assemblies
to honor local veterans who served in all campaigns and service branches.
The official date of celebration for Memorial Day changed in 1971 to the third
Monday in May by an act of Congress, to establish a long weekend for the holiday
observance. A few states in the US still observe May 30 as Memorial Day in addition
to the federal holiday; some southern states also observe a different day as
a Confederate war dead holiday. Other nations observe days of reverence and
honor for their war and service veterans, including Australia, Canada and most
The red poppy is the traditional flower to honor and commemorate veterans in
North America, Europe and Australia. The red poppy was made famous by a poem-
In Flanders Fields - written during World War I by Canadian army surgeon
Lt. Col. John McCrae. On Memorial Day, many veterans wear a red lapel poppy
to honor their fallen soldier buddies.
Non-veterans also wear the Buddy Poppy to honor those who died protecting our
freedom. Since 1924, disabled veterans - who receive compensation for their
work - have assembled Buddy
Poppies in hospitals and "Poppy shops." The VFW and American Legion
Auxiliary distribute the official Buddy Poppies freely to the public in time
for Memorial Day ceremonies, accepting only contributions for the poppies. All
contributions received in exchange for Buddy Poppies go directly to fund assistance
programs for needy or disabled veterans and to the immediate family survivors
of fallen veterans.
Memorial Day / Buddy Poppy Links
Memorial Day - Decoration Day (Squidoo)
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
US National Anthem Project
you know the lyrics to
"The Star Spangled Banner"
- the US National Anthem?
Oh, say, can you sing The Star Spangled Banner?
Can you recite the (correct) lyrics?
If you listen as folks sing the United States' national
anthem at a public event, the words that come out
are often far from the actual lyrics. Good intentions
aside, all Americans should know the words to the
first verse (at least) correctly - and the
national anthem project's mission is to help us
with that task.
There are actually 4 verses to The Star Spangled
Banner, but most folks these days have problems
correctly reciting/singing the first verse - the very
lyrics sung at the start of all public gatherings
in the US.
When I was in school, we learned the tune and the
lyrics, and we sang the National Anthem in class every
day. In addition, teachers used the lyrics as part
of language arts, penmanship and for history/social
The words (lyrics) to The Star Spangled Banner
are emotional, evocative poetry; the history behind
the origin of the verses offers many opportunities
for learning about the United States early struggles
for independence, particularly about the battles during
war of 1812 - one of which inspired the historic words
by Francis Scott Key, an American attorney.
The Star Spangled Banners has been played at military
and naval events since 1916 and it's been the United
States national anthem since 1931. Because so many
Americans have trouble remembering the lyrics correctly
... help is on the way to correct the problem.
There's a movement in the US, spearheaded by the
National Anthem Project, to educate and refresh our
memories on the inspirational words written so long
ago by Francis Scott Key. Follow the links below to
the National Anthem Project, where you will find the
complete song lyrics, plus links to audio
clips of this most patriotic of all US songs and
to other US patriotic music and holiday pages.
Listen up, get it right ... and sing your heart out
for America at the next opportunity!
Art & Crafts - free clip art, paper crafts, coloring pages
Patriotic Holidays (US)
Patriotic Clip Art
|Home :-: Parents :-: Shop :-: Freebies :-: Coloring :-: Clip Art :-: Printables :-: Search :-: Recipes
:-: © www.leehansen.com :-: