Standard of Patriotism
Standard of Patriotism (SOP) is a 501-c3 nonprofit organization that was established in 2015 by Ron and Barbara Hollister in Danbury, Connecticut. SOP’s goal is to boost community involvement through events, engagement, and collaboration with local businesses.
Our mission is to foster American patriotism and strengthen community relations through educational and patriotic events and opportunities.
With so much hate, division, and chaos in America today, we recognize the urgent need for change. We are encouraging community involvement and providing a platform for patriotic educational events and programs. SOP can become a meaningful vehicle, and we are seeking collaboration and public/private partnerships with American leaders (skilled trades, organizations, veterans, businesses, federal, state, local, higher education, and others) to enhance and sustain high standards of patriotism in America.
The diverse perspectives and beliefs in America allow us to realize that not everyone is patriotic; however, patriotism is defined as, “love for or devotion to one’s country.” (Merriam-Webster) Patriotism can enhance successful careers, increase productive members of society, and enrich our social, economic, and recreational experiences.
(Please note: SOP is not affiliated with any political party. Our intent is to unite communities and strengthen community involvement.)
Renewal of the American Spirit
There is a need for a renewal of the American spirit. In President Trump’s address to Congress on February 28, 2017, he talked about the renewal of the American spirit and his message was clear – this is a new beginning for American pride, greatness, and patriotism. A renewal of the American spirit.
“Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty, and justice — in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present. That torch is now in our hands. And we will use it to light up the world. I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart. A new chapter of American Greatness is now beginning. A new national pride is sweeping across our Nation. And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp. What we are witnessing today is the Renewal of the American Spirit. Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead. All the nations of the world — friend or foe — will find that America is strong, America is proud, and America is free.”
Now is the time to unite, cross over political differences, and make a change.
As President Barack Obama stated:
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.