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VETERAN’S DAY PROGRAM 2015
We Love the USA!
INTRODUCTION: “We the people of the United States” includes all of us. We are a
diverse group, but we are one nation, one family.
The 4th grade welcomes you to our program: WE LOVE THE USA!
SPEAKER 1: The United States is unlike any other country in the world. Americans have a great wealth, a strong national government, and are recognized as one of the most powerful nations in the world.
SPEAKER 2: We Americans are the products of our past. We are different from
the rest of the world because our history is different. Thanks to our
forefathers, we are a proud people in a proud nation!
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE/NATIONAL ANTHEM
OUR FLAG 1: Our first flag was made a long, long time ago. There were only
13 states in our United States of America then, It is said that
Betsy Ross sewed our first flag. Our flag is sometimes called
The Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, and the Star-Spangled Banner.
OUR FLAG 2: Our flag was adopted by Congress on June 14, 1777. It has 7 red
stripes, 6 white stripes, and a blue background with 50 stars on it.
The red stands for courage, the white stands for liberty, and the blue
stands for truth and loyalty. The stars mean power and might. Our
flag represents the people and the beliefs that make our country
YOU’RE A GRAND OLE FLAG/THAT’S MY FLAG
INTRO TO PREAMBLE:
The original constitution contains 7 articles. There have been 7
changes or amendments to these articles. The very first paragraph
that precedes the actual text is called the Preamble. In it, the men
who wrote the constitution summarize the reason that it was written.
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Preamble of the Constitution
WE, THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, IN ORDER TO FROM A MORE
PERFECT UNION, ESTABLISH JUSTICE, INSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY, PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE, AND SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY TO OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY, DO ORDAIN AND ESTABLISH THIS CONSTITUTION FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
INTRO TO THE BILL OF RIGHTS:
The Constitution was signed in 1787. In it, the power of the
government was explained. Many of our rights were left
unprotected. By 1791, 10 amendments helped to guarantee our
BILL OF RIGHTS RAP – Boys
HEART OF AMERICA – The Overtones Show Choir
THE PRESIDENT: The president of the United States lives in the city of Washington,
D.C. His home is called the White House. The president is the head
of our country, and is elected by the people of the United States every
4 years. Our President is Barach Obama.
THIS IS MY COUNTRY –
STATUE OF LIBERTY:
From the Statue of Libery come these words: “Give me your tired,
your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched
refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless,
tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
LADY LIBERY – Girls
THE MELTING POT
BALD EAGLE 1:
The bald eagle became America’s national emblem in 1782. The bald
eagle is featured on the President’s flag, the Great Seal, documents,
several of our coins, one dollar bills, and on military insignias.
BALD EAGLE 2:
The bald eagle was the perfect choice for our national emblem. It is
only found in North America so it can truly be called an American
bird. The eagle is our symbol of high-flying freedom.
MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE
FAMOUS AMERICAN QUOTES:
John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address, “Ask not what your
country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”
Patrick Henry said in his speech at the Virginia Convention, “I know not
what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me
Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold
these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they
are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that
among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Abraham Lincoln said in the Gettysburg Address: “Four score and 7
years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation,
conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men
are created equal.”
Martin Luther King said at a Civil Rights march in Washington D.C.,
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the
true meaning of its creed. We will hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal.”
George Washington said in his farewell address, “Observe good faith and
justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
THE UNITED STATES
GOD BLESS THE USA
LIBERTY BELL 1: The Liberty Bell was used in the early days of our country to call
the people together. On July 8, 1776, the Liberty Bell was rung.
Crowds of people gathered to hear the reading of the Declaration
LIBERTY BELL 2: The Liberty Bell is now in Independence Hall in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. It bears the words, “Proclaim liberty throughout
the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”
FREEDOM ISN’T FREE
SPEAKER 1: The song, “Taps,” reminds us of the many lives lost allowing us to
continue to enjoy the freedom we have in our wonderful country.
SPEAKER 2: We DO appreciate our freedom and we DO appreciate the men and
women who serve our country in our Armed Forces. If you are
serving or have served in our military, we would like to salute you
SPEAKER 3: The Coast Guard hymn is now being played. The lyrics are:
Semper Paratus is our guide,
Our pledge, our motto, too.
We’re always ready, do or die,
Aye, Coast Guard, we fight for you!
SPEAKER 4: Do we have any here who have served or are serving in our Coast
Guard? Please stand and let us salute you. (If any stand, begin
applause.) If none stand, say:
We would now like to salute all of you who have served or are
serving in our military. Please stand as your branch’s song is sung.
We will always remember the events of September 11, 2001.
All of us were affected by this tragedy. BUT-we are a nation
united that will not be defeated! LET FREEDOM RING!!!
LET FREEDOM RING!
CITIZEN: This country is a pleasure to live in, and we all have a special
part in taking care of it. Whether it’s cleaning our messy rooms
or driving the speed limit, we all need to be considerate of one
another. Being good citizens should start now!!
I LIKE IT HERE!!!
CLOSING: There seems to be an American spirit in all of us—a pride in our
people, our land, and our freedom. Our program has been a tribute to
this nation and to all the generations who have created it.
Thank you all for coming!