Tucker McBride

Return to a time when a boy could be a boy; when life was more clear from the top branch of a tree; when a kid could trade anger and disappointment for action and adventure; when the whole neighborhood was his playground; and the sloppy kiss from a dog could make everything right.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

In Memory Of ...

In the United States, Monday, May 31 is Memorial Day. It's a day set aside to remember those who have died while serving in the military. In other countries that follow this blog, I imagine you have days to remember those in your country who have fallen in wars. If you don't have a national holiday, families will remember their loved ones in their own way.

Tucker's family had a flag Uncle Jacob would run up the flagpole. In 1947, when Tucker was young, the American flag only had 48 stars. The stars represent the number of states in the United States. Do you know which two states were added to our union after that? Do a little research. Google the names of the states to find the last two. Find out a little about them: location, climate, special activities, where the people work.

If you are joining this blog from Europe or Southeast Asia, research the meaning of your nation's flag. Ask your family who they remember at this time of year. Do you hang out a flag?

Our activity for this weekend will be to design a flag that represents the activities you enjoy. If you have a special person you want to remember, add symbols that reflect their activities and talents to your flag. If you have a scrap material box someplace in your home. you can sew a cloth flag that completes that design you created on paper about yourself and/or your loved one. Hang the cloth one outside with the nation's flag. 

Many churches display the American flag and the Christian flag. There are pledges for each. Perhaps you can create written words too, that describe your personal flag.

Enjoy your days, every one of them. The Indianapolis 500 car race is also this weekend. Maybe you want to include your favorite car on your flag. Have fun with it. There is never a correct answer in creative activities. There is your answer and my answer. Though different, both are correct.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend. You have time to create something to make your day even more exciting.

Doris Gaines Rapp, Ph.D.

Copyright 2021 Doris Gaines Rapp

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