Medieval crusaders carried shields decorated with meaningful images. The shield to the left is a mid 19th century US Army emblem with the favored constellation of a super star surrounded (in this case, flanked) by 12 lesser stars. This was a very meaningful image to that time period of Americans; an image that reinforced the beliefs and values of America's Founding Fathers.
Twice in the 20th century America’s youth were encouraged to help in the valiant struggle for liberty. They worked long and hard raising money and material to support family members fighting on distant battlefields for America’s ideals. America needs its youth again, but to wage a different kind of effort and this time on the home front. It will take just as much planning and organizational effort as it did for America’s youth supporting World War I and World War II. American youth are tough…they can do it and get credit for it.
Here’s the problem. Millions of Americans regularly repeat the national Pledge of allegiance. However, most simply say the pledge by rote without a picture in their mind to facilitate its meaning. As a result Americans have drifted away from the ideals the nation was founded upon; America is divided and struggling.
America’s Founding Fathers anticipated this generational drift and provided a means of restoring the nation’s foundational beliefs and values: the Great Seal of the United States. (Click to see a brief explanation.)
“Symbolically, the Great Seal reflects the beliefs and values the Founding Fathers attached to the new nation and wish to pass on to their descendants.” US State Dept. 2003
In order to rekindle a public awareness of and affection for the Great Seal, we urge Congress to establish June 20 in perpetuity as America’s National Great Seal Day. However, it is not likely that the people will advocate for and encourage Congress to establish National Great Seal Day if they know little or nothing about the Great Seal.
The Great Seal Crusade encourages and equips youthful Crusaders to share the image and meaning of the Great Seal by participating in the, “I Saw the Seal Contest.” (Click here for contest details.) Most teachers would consider this activity a history, social studies or English extra credit project. At minimum their efforts will be recognized by a handsome certificate and their name placed in The Great Seal Day Registry. Click here to get started.