My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
John F. Kennedy
May 31st - patriotism
As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to this who have given their lives in our nation’s wars.
Memorial Day, originally Decoration Day, honors the over 1 million military personal killed in our all our wars since the Revolutionary War.
From 1858 to 1970, Memorial Day was observed on May 30th. Now it is the last Day of May, making it a long weekend holiday that doubles as the beginning of summer vacation season.
Memorial Day has always been about honoring patriotism. Mark Twain said Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
The dictionary says patriotism is : Love for or devotion to one’s country. I love and am devoted to my country, the United States of America. We have a proud history and I’m glad to be a part of it.
Patriotism is sentiments, ideals and ovser lapping loyalties that bind us together as a nation. Americ is a nation dedicated to and held together by it’s dedication to a set of propositions. Our creed is defined by the Constitution of the United States.
The Star Spangled Banner speaks not of universal rights of man but it recounts a story recalling a moment of national perseverance in time of war and hard ship. It mingles wondrous innovations of the American with reverence to the memories of military and religious heroes of the past and calls to virtue and brotherhood.
We can be dedicated to the principles of America while at the same time loving the nation itself, with its culture and history and love of land.
It’s in the love of America and her ideals that we can nurture our sense of belonging to a great nation.
United we stand!
Grief and gratitude are kindred souls, each pointing to the beauty of what is transient and given to us by grace.
Patricia Campbell Carlson