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Where Are The Patriots?

Story ID:7291
Written by:Nancy J. Kopp (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:Manhattan KS USA
Year:2011
Person:The USA
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Yesterday was Flag Day in the USA. What a perfect day to show our patriotism. Fly the flag and be proud to be an American. Well, maybe. I saw very few flags flying as I drove around our town. I have a feeling if I’d stopped the people I passed in the grocery store and asked them what we celebrate on June 14th, few would have known the right answer. Some might have been aware but may have said they had not put the flag up, too busy.

I grew up in an era when patriotism was at a high point. America was fighting a war on two fronts, Europe and Asia, and those left at home during WWII wore the flag across their hearts as well as displaying it in windows and outside their homes.

I’ve noticed at college sporting events that the crowd does grow quiet and respectful when our flag is presented, and the students seems to be very quiet when the national anthem is sung. Why? They should be singing America’s song at the top of their lungs. I fear many do not know the words.

I taught 3rd and 4th grades in the early sixties, and I began every school day with the students standing, hand over heart, to recite the Pledge of Allegiance from memory. After that, we sang “America” or as it’s sometimes known—“My Country Tis of Thee.” No parent ever complained. I read only last week that a college in the eastern part of our country has banned the national anthem from sporting events because “it is too warlike.” Isn’t it also patriotic? Doesn’t it also set a fine example for the way we should conduct ourselves in times of stress in our country?

My parents taught me to be proud of our country, to revere the flag and what it stands for. I had teachers who did the same, and I’m thankful for that. I know that we do have many very patriotic Americans today, but I don’t think the numbers are as great as they once were, nor do many let their patriotism show.

My husband put our flag out yesterday and also earlier this month to commemorate D-Day on the sixth of June. Our flag will also wave in the Kansas summer breezes on the Fourth of July, but I wear the flag over my heart every day. You might not see it, but I know it’s there.