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By Gracie Willis, 8th grade, Harmony School
To me, patriotism means supporting my country in good times or bad, never losing faith in my country, flying the flag to show respect and loyalty to my country, and honoring those who have served to protect my nation, alive or dead, retired or serving.
The Webster dictionary defines patriotism as “love for or devotion to one’s country,” but to me, it means much more.
I still love my country, even when things are not how I want them to be. Loyalty to my country means standing with it, no matter what, and working to make it better.
Patriotism means never losing faith in my country. I know the ideas that my country is based on are true, and I support them.
I do not give up just because something is not going the way I think it should go. I trust my country to get back on the right path when it has made a mistake.
Patriotism is shown by flying our country’s flag, whether at home, at work, at school, at church, or at other events. Saluting the flag shows that you respect our country and that you are devoted to our country.
Saluting the flag doesn’t mean that you support everything that has happened in the past, but it means that you love our country and love what is best about it.
You show respect by your behavior towards our heros. You can shake their hand, tell them thank you for their service, tell them we are proud to have them as our veterans, and help them in any way you can.
Patriotism means honoring those who have died by keeping their graves clean, tidy, and undamaged. Patriotism does not mean that our country is perfect, but it means that we try to be the best we can be.