“We Love America” was the theme of the Patriotic Program with the United Christian School in Camp Verde Feb. 23. And what an uplifting program it was.
First was the presentation of the flags: the American flag, the Christian flag and the Bible flag. I will admit I didn’t know the words to the Christian flag and the Bible flag but they were good words and the children knew them and they sang with enthusiasm.
The songs -- Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue, This Land is Your Land, Yankee Doodle and Grand Old Flag -- were sung. Watching the children sing these songs gave me hope for our country.
Then some of the students went through the folding of the American Flag and told what each fold meant. I didn’t know each fold had a meaning to it.
Then The Star Spangled Banner was sung. Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Tubman burst onto the stage.
Next, the Battle Hymn of the Republic was sung. A person has to be dead not to be moved by this song. What a blessing to have little children sing The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Then a show stopper, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, was sung. Next the raising of the flag on the island of Iwo Jima was done in remembrance of the men who did it.
There was recognition of veterans in the audience and they were invited to come forward and students put a resemblance of a dog tag around their neck, which said, “Thank you for your service.”
The song God Bless America was sung. Then the Bible verse 2 Chronicles 7:14 was quoted. “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Next the song God Bless America was sung. It was a great patriotic evening.
Thank you, Mrs. Jill Maynard, for your leadership and directing.
David R. Beeler