Julie has a variety of Christian and patriotic resources for you to purchase including her first published book, Because of You Old Glory Flies. This book is a collection of heartfelt poems and illustrations to say thank you to all who have served, or currently serve in the U.S. military.
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This Christian ministry honors God and uplifts American heroes while growing servant leaders. Young patriots learn and perform Christian and patriotic songs, poems, and historical documents to share at local programs honoring the US military, veterans, first responders, and more.
As a teacher and mom, I hope to instill in my children, like my parents did in me, a spirit of patriotism and gratitude for those whose sacrifices have secured our American freedoms. My students and I love presenting programs honoring our veterans and military. We share patriotic songs and poems, and recite historical documents such as Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the Declaration of Independence. These programs have mutually blessed us and our heroes.
As a result, we’ve performed in local community events, leading me to create Young Patriots Club (YPC). YPC is a local Christian ministry of freedom-loving youth, whose mission is to honor God and uplift American heroes.
The poems in this book were inspired by personal stories shared with us by military members and veterans. They were written out of gratitude and awe for all who’ve sacrificed on our behalf. It’s my prayer that these poems will be shared by children in tribute to American heroes, children on the laps of relatives who’ve served our country, and gifted by anyone with a friend or relative who has put country above self. As pages are turned, I pray God’s love is felt and our heroes are honored. It’s because of them Old Glory flies!
Author Julie Dueker with William Bailey, the man who inspired Julie's initial poem Not Too Young.
Think of Me is one of the great poems written in the book Because of You Old Glory Flies. Transformed into an impactful musical piece, Think of Me will help all who hear remember that God is our strength.
If you give a veteran a patriot book, chances are he’ll love it. So he’ll show it to his American Legion Post. Those folks will start talking about it and eventually the president of the Women’s Auxiliary will see it. She works hard to put “good quality” military and veteran books in the libraries of local schools. So the veteran (who happens to be your Dad), will call you and ask to order TWENTY FIVE COPIES of Because of You Old Glory Flies!
Wonderful collaboration of writing and illustrations to honor our heroes! The perfect gift for any Veteran, Military servant currently serving or their family. Julie is able to express the words that need to be said through poetry and prayer for various moments that gives dignity and respect to all our military heroes. Thank you Julie and to Bubba for this meaningful book!
I was delighted to receive a copy of your book. The poems are well written and the illustrations are amazing, too. I particularly like the Saluting America's Finest. Jim was able to accompany his father on an Honor Flight and it was a tremendous experience for both of them. Thank you for your mission!
My granddaughter Lyvie sings your beautiful poems. She loves this book and knows these poems by heart. Lyvie is nine and likes one of your poems "Not Too Young". She understands the sacrifices made for her to live free in this country.
You may never fully know the impact this book is having on many adults and children but God does and He is using it for His glory.
I received a big yellow envelope today, and was I surprised when it came from a JULIE DUEKER. I have looked at the book, the poems, and the illustrations. I am in AWE of the talents that created it. It is hard for me to know what to say, such talent, and creative ability. How you found the time to do this is beyond me, when I read everything you do, teacher, mother, founder and director of Young Patriots Club. After viewing this book and every thing you do, I can understand why you received Iowa's VFW Elementary Teacher of the Year. I will read the book again from cover to cover.
Thank you so much for writing Because of You Old Glory Flies. I really enjoyed the poems and am touched by what you have done. It means a lot to me personally because when I returned from Vietnam, the country was not appreciative of most of us at that time. It is heartening today though to see the support our troops and veterans get from the public. Thanks to you, this book will help many veterans realize they are loved and respected, no matter where they served.
I want to thank you most sincerely for letting us be a part of your touching, graceful presentation. It truly did give me goose bumps. As I often do, when I'm at a Veterans event, I hold my brothers picture in my head and his love in my heart. I treasure the 38 years that I had with him. He was the light of my life. The ceremony just reinforces all of the things he taught me as we were growing up. Our uncle was a Japanese prisoner of war for 39 months and another uncle lost his life on the beach at Normandy. Veterans have been a priority in my family forever. Joe, my precious brother was a Vietnam vet, being award 3 purple hearts in 90 days at age 19. His sense of duty was deeply bred into his soul from the time he went to school. One of his classmates told me that whenever they got to choose a song to sing in music he chose The Marine Corp Hymn. She said she knew it by heart from then on. As you can tell, he is still a big part of my life. Thank you again for all that you've done for veterans. I am amazed and blessed to have been a small part of this magnificent program.
Raeann, American Legion Post 403 Veterans Reception Center
Because of You Old Glory Flies is a wonderful book and I would highly recommend it. I am a Lutheran school teacher and I can't wait to share this book with my colleagues and students this school year. It is also on my bookshelf at home to share with my grandchildren. Thanks Julie and Ray!
Wonderful collaboration by the author and artist, in support of the men and women putting their lives at risk for our country. The artist is known in Iowa for the work he has done in many counties, to honor their veterans. His work is visible online and is much loved and appreciated.
A great tribute to our heroes! Artist Bubba Sorenson is the same artist who paints The Freedom Rock in Iowa. The Freedom Rock Tour has painted rock masterpieces in almost all of Iowa's 99 counties and some states.
Beautiful Tribute! A great gift for any Veteran you might know. A wonderful addition to a classroom.
This booklet should be in every school library and read cover to cover at every Veterans Day Program. Julie and Bubba have used their talents to honor, praise and support our veterans with respect, truth and love. God Bless you both and all the US Veterans. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten.