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									• Welcome parents and friends to our special Washington, D.C. program
  and parent lunch. Because February has the birthdays of George
  Washington and Abraham Lincoln, it is celebrated as Presidents’ month.
  Second grade has been studying special people, places, and things of the
  United States.

• Washington, D.C. is the home of our presidents and also has many
  monuments and memorials dedicated to their memory. Many buildings in
  Washington, D.C. house museums, courts, and libraries. We would like to
  start our program with a little tour of some of these special places.
• Wouldn’t it be awesome to some day have a memorial built in your honor?
  Thomas Jefferson certainly deserves the memorial named after him.
  He was one of the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence. He
  also went on to become our 3rd president. Thomas Jefferson dedicated
  himself to the rights of Americans.

• The Jefferson Memorial is one of the coolest monuments in Washington,
  D.C. It is located on the Tidal Basin, and it is surrounded by the famous
  cherry trees. The Memorial was made to look like the home Jefferson
  lived in. It is a circular building with a dome roof.
• The Lincoln Memorial is named after our 16th president,
  Abraham Lincoln. It is no wonder a man with a nick name
  like “Honest Abe” would have a memorial built in honor of
  him. Lincoln believed that all men and women are created
  fair and equal. He helped to set slaves free forever. The
  Lincoln Memorial stands 19 feet from head to toe. If
  Lincoln were able to stand up from his stone chair, he would
  be 28 feet tall! This memorial is heads above the rest!
• The Washington Monument is probably the best-
  known landmark in Washington, D.C. It is over 555
  feet tall and can be seen from almost anywhere in
  the city. It is made of white marble. Visitors can
  go to the top by elevator to get a great view.
  People enjoy visiting this beautiful monument in
  memory of our first president, George Washington.
•   The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial has nearly 60,000 names on it. It honors the
    Americans who died in the Vietnam War. This was the only war America has
    lost. It was the longest war in our history. Americans didn’t all agree that we
    should be fighting in Vietnam. After the war, some people felt sad and ashamed.

•   Jan Scruggs, a Vietnam veteran, thought we should have something to remember
    the people who died in the war. He raised money and held a contest to design a
    memorial. A college student named Maya Lin won. She had an idea for a wall
    made of shiny black granite. The names of the people that died in the war were
    put on the wall in the order that they died. Today, when people visit the
    Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, some leave flowers, pictures, or make crayon
    rubbings of names on the wall. Visitors can also see a statue of three Vietnam
    veterans near the wall.
• The White House belongs to everyone in our country. The
  President of the United States works there. The White House is
  in Washington, D.C., the capital of our country. Important
  decisions are made in the White House. Leaders from all around
  the world come to meet with the President. This house is a
  symbol of our country. There are also parties and special
  ceremonies at the White House.

• You can visit the White House. Over one million people visit it
  every year. There are 132 rooms in the white house. Did you
  know that 15,000 letters are delivered to the White House every
  day, and telephone operators answer almost 50,000 calls there?
• Did you know that if you lived in 1792, you could have entered a
  contest for the best design of the United States Capitol and that
  you would receive a prize of $500.00 dollars if you won? Well a
  man named William Thornton did just that. Out of all the designs
  that were entered, his was considered the best.

• If you ever go to Washington, D.C., be sure to visit the Capitol.
  The Capitol is the building where the elected representatives of
  all Americans meet each day to make laws that help to govern our
  great country. Its construction began in 1793 with President
  George Washington laying the first cornerstone. It was not
  completed until the year 1863. That’s 70 years!
• Did you know that in 1814, during the War of 1812, the
  British troops attacked Washington, D.C. and burned the
  Capitol down? Of course, such a great and important
  building was rebuilt even better than before.

• The Statue that stands on the top of the Capitol’s beautiful
  dome is the Statue of Freedom. It was sculpted in Italy
  and, like the Statue of Liberty, was sent to the United
  States by boat across the Atlantic Ocean.
• One of the special symbols of the United States is our country’s
  flag. It has 13 stripes—each one standing for one of the original
  13 colonies. It has 50 stars, which represent each of the 50
  states. The colors symbolize red for heartiness and courage,
  blue for justice and truth, and white which stands for purity.

•    There are many rules for displaying and honoring this great
    symbol. We stand when the first flag in a parade passes by; we
    salute if we are in uniform, or place our hand over our heart and
    remain quiet; we should not let the flag touch the ground; and it
    should be displayed with a light if flown at night. These are just
    a few of the important rules.
• We would like you to join us in saying the Pledge of
  Allegiance to our flag. This year we have learned
  what the words mean. We are actually promising to
  be good citizens when we say the Pledge.

• Please say the Pledge with us slowly. We will stop
  after short phrases and tell you what it means.
  Just follow the screen. Now, please stand up for
  the Pledge to our flag.
•   I pledge allegiance
     – (I promise to be loyal)
•   To the flag
     – (To the flag)
•   Of the United States of America
     – (Of the joined together
        states of America)
•   And to the republic
     – (And to the country)
•   For which it stands
     – (For which it stands)
•   One nation
     – (One country)
•   Under God
     – (Under God)
•   Indivisible
     – (Cannot be divided)
•   With liberty
     – (With freedom)
•   And justice for all
     – (And fairness for all)
• The last part of our program is a song we have been
  practicing. It’s called You’re a Grand Old Flag. Did
  you know there are many nicknames for our flag?
  It’s called: The Red, White, and Blue; Old Glory;
  The Stars and Stripes; and The Star Spangled
  Banner. We’d like to honor our flag now with a
  song.
• You’re a grand old flag, you’re a high
  flying flag,
• And forever in peace may you wave.
• You’re the emblem of the land I love.
• The home of the free and the brave.
• Every heart beats true,
• Under red, white, and blue.
• Where there’s never a boast or brag.
• Well should old acquaintance be
  forgot.
• Keep you’re eye on the grand old flag.
• Thank you for coming to join us today for
  our program. Lunch is next! Feel free to
  stop up and browse around when you have
  finished eating. The doors are open! Enjoy
  your lunch and thank you again for coming.
  In closing, please join us in singing The
  Star Spangled Banner.
Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light.
  What so proudly we hailed, at the twilight’s gleaming.
Who’s broad stripes and bright stars.
  Through the perilous fight.
Ore the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming,
  And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof, through the night that our flag was still there.
  Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave,
Ore the land of the free and the home of the brave.

								
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