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The word "patriot" was coined around the year 1590. The root word for patriot is "compatriot," or "fellow-countryman." Patriotism is defined as devotion to one's country, homeland. This can include ethnic, cultural, political or historical aspects. A patriot is a person who sacrifices or serves for the country or home land, such as a soldier in the United States Army, Marines or Navy and other military branches or services.
Patriotic images like the liberty bell, American eagles, flags with stars and stripes faces are easily recognized and well-known national symbols of patriotism in the United States. Educate children about patriotism on national holidays such as Veteran's Day (Armistice Day), Fourth of July (Independence Day),
Veterans Day annually falls on November 11 to commemorate the signing of the "armistice," which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. An armistice is an agreement or truce made by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting for a certain time. The armistice was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
Plan ahead for the holiday event. Print patriotic crafts and color book images for Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and other important patriotic events. Turn off the TV and include patriotic color book images for family events and family outings or trips to keep the kids occupied with worthwhile and educational paper craft resources.
Teach children the importance of patriotic observations and why we should commemorate and celebrate patriotic theme events and celebrations.