Whatever Happened to Patriotism?

When I was growing up (in the 50s and 60s), there was a lot of patriotism in our part of the world.  Everyone knew all the patriotic songs, and knew the rules about how to respect the American flag.  They were proud to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and loved a patriotic parade.  We were proud of our country and showed it whenever we could.

Kids don't have that now. In fact, many adults don't have that now.  I wonder why?

In fact, people often show a lack of respect for our country.  They are quick to criticize what's going on in our country and criticize the people in charge.

Now, I admit, there's a lot that's not right with our country right now.  People can't find jobs.  Taxes keep getting higher, and people are angry about everything these days.  It's not a good time in our world. 

But I know that the basis for our country is so strong, that somehow we will get past these hard times and move on.  These are the words that our country is based on: 

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, 
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

I can't help but get all sappy when I hear those words.  Does that still happen with anyone else?

On this Veterans Day, I particularly think about how much I appreciate living in the USA.  I'm Proud to be an American.  Are you?

Thanks, Veterans!


  1. Hey Sally -

    I'm writing to invite you to the Corner on Character to see our first graders just OOOOOOOze with Patriotism. There's a link to three of the songs they sang for our veterans today, including Thankful for the USA, There Are Many Flags, and This Land Is Your Land.

    The Corner On Character

  2. It's a growing trend. I think a lot of people have been bullied into thinking America is bad and that showing support of it is therefore bad. In another time (before 1985) there was more time put into things such as national pride. Now we don't have the time along with what else we have to do as teachers.


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