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Everybody has felt it at one time or another, be it for a person, pet, or even a non-living object. That feeling is love. However, when one is forced to define love, he or she often turns to romance to find the meaning. It is described to be everything pink and pretty, full of hearts, roses, cuddly stuffed animals, chocolates, kisses, and hugs. Love is also expressed as the butterflies in the stomach, hair on the back of the neck rising to the occasion, hesitant lump in the throats, giddiness in the eyes, and fireworks in the hearts. However, love exists outside the realm of romance. It is a chemistry that unites an individual with anything, whether it is something literal like another individual or something abstract like an idea. Love is about discovering a significant connection that helps define one’s identity.

Every year when July fourth rolls around, our country puts everything on pause. We clothe ourselves in red, white, and blue, barbeque with our families, and enjoy fireworks by the water. This celebration of our patriotism is a prime example of love towards a community. Our undisputed gratitude for freedom and strong belief on equality is what has bonded our nation together as one since the days of the Founding Fathers. This projection of love is portrayed in several ways.

The obvious display of patriotism is the American soldiers who are voluntarily completing their duties all over the world, risking their lives every day and sacrificing a comfortable living back at home. These brave men and women feel strong loyalty to the country and finds true joy labeling themselves as the proud members of the US troops. By being out in the field, they are honored to be representing a country that they admire and respect to the fullest extent.

Voting should not only be considered as a civic duty but a political privilege that allows the citizens to be a part of the nation’s voice. Agreeing deeply with this statement are the following two individuals. On the...
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