This is George Washington. He is called the “Father of Our Country” because he led the army that fought the British for America’s independence. For six years, he had to be away from his home and family, fighting what was then the most powerful country in the world. It was difficult but Washington found a way to win. When the war was over, he became the first President of the United States, and he created the tradition of Presidents serving two terms so no one man would ever become as powerful as a king. Today he is a symbol of American bravery and moral values.
The Sixty-Second Patriot series of posts is intended to provide teachers who are required to engage in “patriotic exercises” with truthful, age-appropriate, meaningful, educationally-rich, non-controversial, secular alternatives to rote recital of the Pledge of Allegiance, as well as brief meditations on American history, civics, and values accessible to all people. Suggestions and contributions to this series from Readers are welcome.