What is Patriotism?
What is patriotism? We all know that it is the love and devotion to ones country, but what does that really mean? Is it love of one's birthplace, the place of childhood's hopes and dreams? Is it the place where, we would watch the passing clouds, and wonder why we, too, could not float so swiftly through life today? Or is it the place where we would sit on Mother's knee, enraptured by tales of great deeds and conquests? In short, is it love for the place, where we belong, and have done many noble deeds and good things?? If that were patriotism, few men and women from our country today would be called upon to be patriotic. What then is patriotism? “Patriotism isn’t short frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime” said Adlia Stevenson, 5th United States ambassador to the United Nations, saying this he was trying to get the word out that patriotism isn’t earned, you just have it or you don’t. he was trying to say that if you scream “ I love America!” sure people will know that you love your country but, patriotism is really, just slow and simple like waving and giving an appreciative smile to a veteran passing by, showing one of the essentials of patriotism. The true meaning of patriotism and how to show it is hidden within the qualities of love for your country, dedication, and simply saying the pledge of allegiance. To be patriotic, do you have to be someone big and important that fights in war(s), like a veteran? You are definitely patriotic for doing so, but you can do stuff everyday way more simple than that and be a patriotic person. You show patriotism by saying thank you to a veteran, removing your hat for the star spangled banner, and even just saying the pledge of allegiance. It might not seem like a lot, but when you break the pledge into pieces, you understand the meaning of it. It’s not just a pledge we say before school everyday for fun, it means that we are patriotic, and we love...
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