Children raised in the United States Military know our history
They learn of American ideals. They know the names of American Patriots, and they remember the dreams of our founders. American BRATs recite the pledge of allegiance with tears in the eyes and pride for our service members and our flag. BRATs know what happened 241 years ago today.
Two hundred and forty-one years ago, on June 17 Colonel William Prescott along with about 1000 American Militia dug in on Breed’s Hill overlooking Boston Massachusetts. The unorganized militia built fortifications and waited as Major General William Howe and Brigadier General Robert Pigot advanced. Outnumbered two to one, the American’s watched the British advance to within a couple of dozen yards of their position.
“Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes,” Colonel Prescott told them. June 17 was a day in history when BRATs on both sides of the ocean cried. How many children today can recite that line from their history books? Morgan Sweeney wrote in 2013 that a mere 22% of American children test proficient in the subject of civics. That number drops to a dismal 18% when it comes to history. According to Cheryl Miller of the American Enterprise Institute, schools just don’t devote the time to teaching our children about our history. Worse yet, the history often taught in schools is not flattering.
Remembering our history is the job of all Americans
Take some time this week and talk with your children about our Founders and their ideals. Remember our history and those that defend the rights of all Americans, and remember their children.