Symbols of Pride and Patriotism

Sports fans show pride for their team by displaying their team’s colors and its symbols. We also show pride or patriotism in our country by displaying symbols like the American flag. Mrs. Kubachka’s 4-6 Team social studies students recently reviewed symbols and words that reflect America’s heritage and values:

American Flag – Our nation’s first flag had 13 stars and 13 stripes representing the 13 colonies. Since then, the flag has added a new star for each new state.

Liberty Bell – The Liberty Bell was cast to hang in Independence Hall and was used to call lawmakers to meetings. It is inscribed with the words “Proclaim Liberty throughout the land . . .” which, in the 19th century, became a rallying cry for abolitionists working to end slavery.

Great Seal of the United States – The seal includes a bald eagle and the motto “E Pluribus Unum,” which is Latin for “out of many, one,” signifying the one nation created from 13 colonies. The eagle grasps an olive branch in its right talon and a bundle of thirteen arrows in its left, representing the power of peace and war.

Bald Eagle – The Founding Fathers chose the bald eagle as the national bird because of its long life, great strength, and majestic looks, and because at the time it was believed to exist only on this continent.

Statue of Liberty – The statue shows Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, with a torch in one hand and a tablet inscribed with the date July 4, 1776, in the other. Standing in New York Harbor, the statue was the first thing many European immigrants looked for when they arrived in the U.S.

In addition to these and other symbols, Mrs. Kubacka’s students also learned about various buildings, monuments and memorials from the United States Capitol to Mount Rushmore.

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