With Christmas (and to my Jewish friends, Hanukkah) fast approaching, I'm sure that many of you are searching for the perfect gift for the children in your life. With all the things that appear on the wish lists, i.e. iPods, Playstations, XBoxes, maybe something you should consider for the responsible older children is their first introduction into firearms.
Project Appleseed is an activity of The Revolutionary War Veterans Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to teaching every American our shared heritage and history as well as traditional rifle marksmanship skills. Our volunteer instructors travel across the country teaching those who attend about the difficult choices, the heroic actions, and the sacrifices that the Founders made on behalf of modern Americans, all of whom are their “progeny.”
Our heritage program vividly portrays the Battles of Lexington and Concord with the kind of care and immediacy that is absent from most formal schooling. Modern listeners are confronted with the danger, the fear, and the heartbreaking separations that arose out of the choices made on April 19th, 1775. They are also reminded of the marksmanship skills and masterful organization that ultimately helped set the colonists on the path to success. Those who attend gain a better understanding of the fundamental choices faced by our ancestors as they began to set the stage for the nation we now enjoy.
You can learn more about Appleseed by visiting them at http://www.appleseedinfo.org .
This year, don't give the kids some crap they won't care about in a month. Give them something that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Give them a piece of their heritage, a link to their past. Give them something that may save their future. Don't be afraid to let them branch out. Teach them proper safety, teach them respect for dangerous things,but by all means teach them. They are our future. Without them, hope is lost.