Every year people lose their lives protecting their country. Every year families cry because of the lost of a loved one. Also every year loving, kind, and giving souls float up into heaven. Thanks to those people we live in a free country. Patriotism means love and devotion to ones country or homeland. A patriot is someone who loves, supports, and is prepared to serve their country. Patriotism is celebrated twice a year (The Independence Day and Patriot Day). Independence Day is on July 4. It is the national day of the United States.
The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which stated that the thirteen American colonies at war with Great Britain were to be independent states, and no longer a part of the British Empire. Patriot Day is on September 11. It was designated in memory of the 2,977 people killed that day in 2001. Most Americans refer to that day as “Nine-Eleven”. Initially, the day was called the Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001. Sometime during this day there is a moment of silence.
Today patriotism still matters because maybe there wouldn’t be a today if it wasn’t for the ones who protected our country in the past. Greek philosopher Socrates once said, “Patriotism does not require one to agree with everything that his country does, and would actually promote analytical questioning in a quest to make the country the best it possibly can be. ” To me that quote means that people don’t have to agree with all the things their country does. If you disagree with a decision, you should have a good reason why you disagree and share your reason so people could work to improve the country.
Patriotism is simply being proud of your country and showing it. If we don’t take the time to celebrate patriotism then the next generations would know anything about it. If it weren’t for patriotism, you would be British, Japanese or Lord knows what else. I took the time to learn about the history of patriotism and although I’m not sure of what lies ahead I am sure of one thing. I believe that patriotism still matters because I am not British or Japanese. I am not Korean or French. I am American, and I am proud.