We are about to embark once again upon this special day of the year that we celebrate – Independence Day! Many thoughts may pop into our heads when we think of this special month in the year, thoughts and feelings that are ingrained in our hearts. This day might include special plans for your family to be together. One might look forward to a picnic in the park with family members and relatives full of games, festive food and laughter. Or the baseball game which always ends in a marvelous display of fireworks. We are being taunted for the arrival of this magnificent display in these events of the day. And to some if not most it seems like forever before the sun will set to view this awesome sight. And almost in the blink of an eye it is here before us; the oohs and ahhhs can be heard as each burst sheds its light out across the sky. It is felt from the top of our head to the soles of our feet. Indeed it is a fleeting moment but not one that ever leaves us, for it symbolizes what is engraved deeply in our hearts.
We celebrate the Fourth of July as a National holiday for many and various reasons. We may have a relative or friend who has served our country in some way and shared stories with us of their experience. All shed light on the meaning and importance of our independence as a country celebrated for over 200 years.
We demonstrate our patriotism in various ways; by flying the flag, or placing our hand over our heart while singing the National Anthem and in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
We might propose the question to ourselves as to what these things mean to us as an individual, as a family, a neighborhood, a community and a nation?
Our patriotism is one of great value and importance. Patriotism is at the very core of who we are.We may view being patriotic as our love for our country. There is a high respect to those who have served our country in the military to protect our freedom. This freedom was set forth very early on by our forefathers with the Declaration of Independence. A high place of honor is marked and held for each person who has served their country to preserve our freedom as a nation. And their service does not come without sacrifice.
There are many great patriotic movies that any one of us can list off that we have seen at some point in our life. One that is great on the topic is the John Adams TV miniseries (HBO 2008). It is very captivating and shows the many different levels of sacrifice that our forefathers endured for the freedom of our nation. There are vast opportunities to see first hand some of the many monuments, museums and historical sites that tell a small part of the story of our nations history.
A good question to ask ourselves might be: What does Patriotism mean to me? How do I live it in my life personally, in my family, at work, when I am out among others? And when this is answered do I live it well?
Here at Families of Character we view Patriotism as a virtue of great value and importance. We serve others through our loyalty, our courage, our leadership and our commitment to uphold what is right and true and good for us as human beings living on this earth together. We owe it to our forefathers to carry forth our freedom by our actions, our disciplines and our beliefs. And we owe it to one another.
Maybe you can think of ways to talk about the meaning of being Patriotic with your family. We would like to encourage you to share your thoughts or ideas by sending us a blog. Reading about other peoples experiences, trials, joys, sufferings, and memories can be helpful and a great insight to the depth of the virtue of Patriotism. We encourage you to read our blog offering many suggestions and ideas for a fun filled 4th of July celebration!
Let us pay tribute to those who have gone before us to pave the way. The way of being Patriotic in our every day lives.
Happy Fourth of July!
-The Families of Character Team