Our Next Generation
We need to teach our next generation that community involvement is an important part of patriotism. Our heritage as Americans is rich in lessons for us to learn, people to celebrate and stories and songs to repeat. It’s a great way to get involved and unite within the community. Without it, part of our history would be lost. We need to invest in the preservation of America’s history for our next generation – the future leaders, innovators and teachers of tomorrow.
The New Patriotism refers to the aftermath of September 11, 2001 that placed the United States at war with Iraq and escalated the fight of terrorism around the world. While U.S. troops took up arms, American civilians showed their national pride. Patriotism became popular again with an increase in activities such as flying the flag, singing the national anthem, and pledging allegiance to the flag. Not only were everyday Americans practicing patriotism, but celebrities, advertisers, and major U.S. retailers expressed patriotism in their own way. Patriotism was now being used to sell everything from CD’s to soda to fast food to clothing (Public Broadcast System 2003).
“A characteristic of patriotism is an industrious involvement through allegiance, affection, responsibility, and obligation to help one another and regard other countrymen as family” (Unknown).
Patriotism is helping others within the community. Morgan Hill School in the northern Texas Hill Country has provided Thanksgiving dinner to hundreds of people, including soldiers from Fort Hood, for nearly 20 years. This teaches kids the importance of serving their community and having the opportunity to make a difference.
Ways to Help in Your Community
Also, there are many ways to give back to the millions of veterans who sacrificed so much. Check out 10 Ways to Support and Honor Veterans which lists ways to help.
There are many other ways to help and get involved in your community:
- Help people with disabilities
- Organize volunteer projects within your neighborhood
- Assist with housing and homelessness
- Donate clothes, phones, and other items to charity