What Patriotism Means to Me

The following piece was written by Sariah Warren, daughter of administrative assistant Sarah Warren at Coldwell Banker Select in Fernley.  This is for a competition with the VFW and has an opportunity to win $5,000.

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“The land of the free and the home of the brave.”  Many things come into my mind when I read this sentence.  I describe these emotions and actions with one word: patriotism.

Soldiers show patriotism all the time by sacrificing their lives for our freedom.  They leave their families with a chance that they won’t come back.  A past soldier named Nathan Hale once said, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”  He was truly a patriot from the inside out because he never had a doubt in his mind about serving his country.  Soldiers sacrifice everything for their country.  Sacrifice is an action I think of when I think of the word patriotism.

Soldiers are not the only people that can show patriotism.  President John Kennedy pretty much said it all when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country.”  Lots of people show patriotism through their pride every day.  When people wear red, white and blue they are showing pride for their country.  When someone asks where you’re form and you say that you are from the United States of America, you are showing pride through your voice.  Pride is also when you hang the flag above your house, or put your hand over your heart while you’re saying the pledge of allegiance.  It is knowing that there are fifty starts on the American flag.  Patriotism is saying you are proud to be an American.  Pride is one of the emotions and actions I think of when I hear the word patriotism.

Patriotism is respecting everybody everywhere.  It is not thinking you are better than everything else.  Patriotism is loving your country as much as your own family.  Patriotism is saluting every soldier you see and thanking them for what they have done.

Patriotism is a lot of things.  Sacrifice, pride and respect are only half the things I think of when I hear the word patriotism.  That is what patriotism means to me.

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