What is Patriotism to you?

Patriotism can mean something different to each person. It conjures up a notion for us that we feel to our core which reflects what we believe our country means to us and what our place is in this country.

Webster’s defines it as “Patriotism is an attachment to a homeland. This attachment can be viewed in terms of different features relating to one’s own homeland, including ethnic, cultural, political or historical aspects.”

This is something that every country has some form of. Being proud and wanting to believe your country and what it stands for is the best in the world. It can’t be beaten. The idea, generally, of civic virtue and group dedication has been evidenced in culture globally throughout time.

Patriotism is also said to be devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country and national loyalty. Other ideals that go along with patriotism is a feeling of freedom, pride, a willingness to defend and pulling together for one cause.

I find it so interesting that we have such huge differences and yet we all feel patriotism for our country. Sometimes even when things embarrass us or make us feel sorrow or even anger, or like what we are witnessing now with such vast differing opinions of which direction our country should go and it’s core values being questioned, we still have a belief system that says this country is the best in the world.

“Respect for the country’s flag, a desire to see your nation succeed, and a deep, abiding love of your country are all patriotic expressions, but being patriotic doesn’t mean you think your country’s perfect — just that you love it”. I will go further and say even a deep respect for what your country stands for such as our Constitution. It is sacred to us. It’s the outline for how we conduct business daily as a country. The love of what it stands for is the foundation for why I believe this country is the best. Even when I don’t like things, I know that fundamentally we stand for a better way of life and the pursuit of happiness.

Does patriotism mean being willing to serve in our military to defend her in times of war? Does it mean we are willing to sacrifice personally for the good of the country? Does it mean waving a flag and watching parades and hearing music that stirs our feelings of good towards our country? I believe it’s some of all of this.

I believe that things are tough right now but I also believe that our country is strong. I believe that we will correct the pendulum swing when it goes too far right or left. I believe in the good of people to see and fix the issues that seem to divide us. I believe in our people.. That’s what I feel is patriotism… I believe in “We The People”.

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