Young Patriots Club is all about giving thanks. Our theme verse is: I Thessalonians 5:18 In all things, give thanks. We start by thanking our great God who created us and redeemed us through the blood of Jesus. From there, we thank the many people who’ve blessed our lives, especially our U.S. military and veterans, first responders, and those who love and serve others.
We’re a Kindergarten - 12th grade club. 7th-12th graders serve as Youth Leaders. They make personal goals for using their gifts to further our mission. They also help teach the Stars & Stripes (3rd - 6th graders) and the True Blue Crew (Kindergartners - 2nd graders).
We gather for 2-3 practices a month at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Urbandale, which has been very generous to us. There we: practice Christian and patriotic songs and recitations we can share at community events, hear from amazing guest speakers, have fun making pillowcases and challenge coins for our heroes, and put together care packages for warriors we support. Leaders share the love of God and instill a sense of American patriotism throughout the year.
If you would like to know more about our 2021-2022 YPC year, more details can be found on the Registration Page, or go to the Contact Us page.
Singing for Heroes
By Samantha Roth
Looking over the crowd at Young Patriot Club’s annual Hearts for Heroes program, I saw
the smiling faces of the parents, grandparents, younger siblings, aunts and uncles who had come
to see us perform. And then there were the people that we were putting on this program for. The
heroes. What made them different from the other people in the audience was what they had done. What they’d been willing to do. Many of them wore hats or jackets bearing the name of the
branch of the military or war that they had served in. Those people had been willing to sacrifice
everything to ensure that we stayed free and safe in this country. And we had the honor of
singing for them.
At my first Young Patriot’s practice, I remember looking at the American’s Creed and
thinking: we’re going to memorize all that?! We did, and it was easier and more fun than I had
expected that it would be. While memorizing long pieces such as Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech are hard work, every moment that we
spend in practice learning them is more than worth it. We go to events as a group and perform
them with sign language in front of audiences of people who should be given a standing ovation
for all that they have done and sacrificed for those of us who live in this country. Getting on
stage is not about drawing attention to ourselves, it’s about serving those who are watching and
listening and telling them that we are thankful. In Young Patriot’s Club, we focus on serving and
giving thanks. We have been blessed by God, and we want to use everything that He has blessed
us with to serve Him and those around us, especially veterans, first responders, and those in the
The best thing about being part of Young Patriots Club is the way that it allows me and
the other club members to uplift and encourage others. So many of our veterans have gone
through so much for us. Shouldn’t we do what we can to serve them? I have been able to talk
with many veterans before or after we’ve performed and have heard their stories. These men and women that many of us are see in our daily lives are truly heroes. Some of their stories have
made us laugh, others brought tears to our eyes. It is an enormous blessing to be able to speak to these people and all of the others in the audience through our songs and recitation and let them know how much we appreciate them. We know that it was not easy to do what they did. And yet they still did it. For me and many of the other Young Patriots, hearing how much seeing us perform means to these heroes is incredible and makes us want to do more.
Young Patriots Club has performed at many programs, including Memorial Day
programs at McLaren’s Funeral Home and the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, the Peace Officer
Memorial, the American Red Cross Heroes of the Heartland Breakfast, the Veteran’s Day
Celebration at the Iowa Gold Star Museum, and our own Hearts for Heroes program. Each of the
programs is special, unique and a privilege to be at. We have heard prominent people in our
community speak, and have been able to talk with them. Most of the Young Patriots agree that
performing is the part of YPC that we enjoy the most, along with making new friends and
meeting amazing people.
We created our Hearts for Heroes program to help us to accomplish our mission to honor
God and uplift our American heroes. There are many different ways that we try to pursue that
goal, although the mission never ends. Young Patriots Club has helped me to grow in many
ways, as a servant, singer, leader, American and Christian.
Standing on the stage at Hearts for Heroes, I smiled at our audience- at the heroes that
were there to see us perform- as the first notes of the song drifted into the air. I took a deep
breath, and with the other Young Patriots, sang.
Honoring Our Veterans and Military
Iowa Veterans Home Pre-Laying of the Wreaths Program
Memorial Day Program at McLaren's Funeral Home
Memorial Day Program at Iowa Veterans Cemetery
Memorial Day Weekend CW Iowa Live segment
Vietnam Veteran Recognition Program
Governor Kim Reynolds's Thank You Reception for Puppy Jake Foundation
Puppy Jake Foundation Valentines for Veterans Fundraiser
Veterans Day Program Iowa Veterans Cemetery
Veterans Day Celebration at the Iowa Gold Star Museum
Guest Appearance on Life 107.1
Honoring Our First Responders
Peace Officer Memorial
American Red Cross Heroes of the Heartland breakfast
West Des Moines Fire Department Memorial Program
9/11 March to the Capitol - Des Moines
Honoring New Citizens
Citizenship Ceremony at the Jordan House
Christmas carols and flag raising at Living History Farms
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the Jeff Angelo Radio Show
Singing for the Senior Ministries of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Young Patriots Club's 3rd Annual YPC's Annual Hearts for Heroes Night