Flat Stanley found this broken unreadable gravestone. Thankfully The DAR have done research and determined this gravestone marks the final resting place for Israel Case. Israel Case is a true American Hero, he fought for our Independence and that's heroic.
We all love an extra day off work to spend time with family and friends, to have a picnic or cook out; but....let us remember, let us teach what the true meaning of the day is. Find time to take the kids to one cemetery near you, help them find a true American Hero to honor. Take a small flag with you so the kids can leave one on a grave for someone who so nobly served. Look for The DAR marker and see if you can find a Revolutionary War Veteran to so honor.
Israel Case was born on November 14, 1757 and died April 27, 1818; at the age of 60. That might sound old to your children, but since I'll turn 60 myself this November it doesn't seem old to me. Help them understand how old 60 is. Give them 60 pennies to put in piles of 10. Have them pull out pennies to represent their age. Understanding the relationship of the number will help them remember and relate a bit.
The Revolutionary War was 8 years long, from 1775-1783. Do the kids understand how old Israel was when the war began? Use your pennies again. He was born in Simsbury, Connecticut and is buried in Worthington, Ohio. Help the kids find both locations on the map. Ask them why they think he lived in Worthington, Ohio; so far from Connecticut? Discuss how the soldiers were given land for their service, how some opted to sell their land, while others traveled great distances to an unknown wilderness to make a new life for their families.
He served under Captain Jon Humphrey in McClellan's Regiment, was one of the original 38 proprietors of The Scioto Company, and appeared on The Franklin County Tax list in 1806, just 3 years after Ohio became a state.
Grab a map and crayons. Help the kids find the 13 original colonies:
Help them draw a flag to color that has just 13 stars so they understand and remember those original 13. Have them count states on a current map so they can see the difference both in numbers and physical locations of the states in The United States of America.
Could I also suggest when you and the kids find your Rev. War Veteran that you mark on your calendar his birthday and or his date of death. When those date's roll around next year; take the kids again to leave a small flag for this person. I'm happy to help do a bit of research so they might learn something about the person's who's grave you find. Please leave his name, the name of the cemetery and location in a comment and I'll do my best to help obtain some personal information to make your American Hero come to life.
Happy Birthday America.
Be safe in your travels this holiday week-end. Until next Friday July 9th, Flat Stanley out.
If you missed any of Flat Stanleys previous adventures, no worries. You can catch up here:
- April 23, 2010 Books and Parks (Upper Arlington, Ohio)
- April 30, 2010 Traitor or Hero (Worthington, Ohio)
- May 7, 2010 Flat Stanley and his friend Captain Pinney (Worthington, Ohio)
- May 14, 2010 First Flight and Flat Stanley (Worthington, Ohio)
- May 21, 2010 Up The Indian Mound with Flat Stanley (Columbus, Ohio)
- May 28, 2010 Flat Stanley goes to Camp (Upper Arlington, Ohio)
- May 31, 2010 Honoring Those who Served on Memorial Day (Upper Arlington, Ohio)
- June 12, 2010 Signs and Flat Stanley, (Worthington, Ohio)
- June 18, 2010 Breathe Easy with Flat Stanley (Columbus, Ohio)
- June 25, 2010 Stanley at The Masonic Museum (Worthington, Ohio)