Happy Independence Day

"It is my living sentiment, and by the blessings of God it shall be my dying sentiment, Independence now, and Independence forever." John Adams

Listen to recording by the Young Citizens of America Ambassadors, "America It Belongs to You and Me"

This book contains Patrick Henry's famous speech "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" and other events that led up to declaring our freedom from England. There are sketches of each Signer, the work and sacrifices of our Founding Fathers and Mothers, the Declaration of Independence with Five points of discussion and three patriotic musical numbers. For for some of the stories, please click on the following links below for PDF pages of several events.

For Such a Time As This (Esther 4:6-14)

Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death! (Patrick Henry)

Signing of the Declaration of Independence

Faith of Our Fathers

Declaration of Independence

We Believe in America & Its Remarkable Freedom Trail

Our lives are filled with an abundance of freedom. However, this freedom is often taken for granted which can be dangerous to our future. Freedom did not just happen. It took many years, many lives, and dedication, to arrive at the freedom we enjoy today. We believe it is important for the children to understand the steps of this freedom and what is necessary as citizens to keep our freedom for us and future generations.

There are many events that contributed to this liberty. In this series we have chosen to begin with the Magna Carta in 1215, through the Bill of Rights made into law in 1791, and ask, “What is our responsibility today?” There are 10 colorful posters with corresponding stories and events printed in the included pamphlet. We hope you enjoy this adventure with your children and may we all say together, “We Believe In America and Its Remarkable Freedom Trail.”

The Star-Spangled Banner

It may seem unusual to consider a national anthem as a Christian hymn, but in the United States of America (U.S.), certain parts of the text of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' have significant meaning for God- fearing citizens. In the third verse, the author refers to the power of God in the founding and preservation of the country. The historical account given in poetic form throughout the anthem speaks of that preservation. The basic situation surrounding the writing of the text is familiar to most Americans. The author's observation of the attack on Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812 is well documented in history. Looking into more than just the bare facts can help give additional perspective and meaning to the anthem. Why did the War of 1812 happen? Where is Ft. McHenry and why was it a target for the British? Who was Francis Scott Key and why was he on a ship in Baltimore harbor during a battle? Who was Dr. Beane? What did the flag look like in 1814? What led to the descriptions given in the text? Where did the music come from? What meaning can the anthem have for us today.

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