When growing up in America, children are instilled with a sense of patriotism in a variety of ways, from learning about American history and visiting historical sites to collecting challenge coins and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance daily in school. As people grow into adults, finding ways to express this sense of patriotism becomes much more difficult, especially as people are given more independence and freedom to do what they want. While many people and other countries may argue that this means certain American adults have a growing apathy or lack of patriotism for their country, this is simply not the case. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can show your true patriotism and display your pride in being an American.
5 Ways You Can Become a Better Patriot
Although you, yourself, may know just how much of an American patriot you are, it may not be as outwardly apparent to others. Thus, whether you are looking to show your true sense of patriotism publicly or to increase your sense of patriotism, you can do so by committing yourself to doing one or more of the following patriotic acts:
Install a flag in your yard or at your home
The American flag is arguably one of the most recognizable symbols of our country and displaying it in front of your home is an unmistakable display of American patriotism.
Collecting challenge coins
These coins are often small medallions that display an organization’s sign, symbol, or insignia. Typically, military units, police organizations, and other community organizations will have challenge coins for their members or those who want to show support for American volunteers and service members by collecting these coins.
Volunteer for a VFW chapter
The VFW, or Veterans of Foreign Wars, is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting veterans, military members, and the community by increasing camaraderie between veterans and volunteers/the community alike and promoting patriotism. These chapters often offer other community members the opportunity to volunteer or donate in support of this cause and these veterans.
Participate in the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance
Begun as a way of recognizing and supporting those involved with and affected by the attacks on September 11, 2001, the goal of the day is to perform acts of charity and service throughout the country to show support for these people, other Americans, and the United States. Or participate in service and volunteer activities on MLK Day, a recognized day of service for the U.S.
By engaging in these or other patriotic acts, you can not only display your sense of American patriotism, but can also feel like you are becoming a better patriot.
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