Whether you were born in America or immigrated here, there’s no doubt that being an American is great. America is the land of the free and the home of opportunity. If you’re an American, you can start a business about something that interests you from the ground up and make it your livelihood. You should be proud of the nation you call home, but some people don’t really know how to express their pride. We put together a list of different ways to show your patriotism below. Read on if you’d like to learn more.
Get Out, Vote, and Be Respectful
All politics aside, arguably the most patriotic thing you can do is vote. Many other countries don’t have a democracy, and it’s generally an American right to vote. There’s no season more important than election time when you’re an American. That said, come election season, you should be respectful to everyone around you. It doesn’t matter who your neighbors are, or which way they vote. We’re all human, and we live in this society together. Be amicable even if you disagree.
Thank and Help Veterans
If you’re a veteran, you know how much it means when someone thanks you for your service, but people can offer more than just nice words. There are millions of aging veterans around us every day who served in World War II, The Korean War, and The Vietnam War. Offer to mow their lawn, pick up their groceries, or ask their assisted living facility what you can do to help.
Fly the Stars and Stripes Properly
There are countless guides out there that help people understand the American flag and how to fly it properly, yet so many people still don’t. While you might have good intentions trying to display the American flag, if you display it incorrectly, those intentions may not be represented appropriately. In general, the American flag should alwaysbe the tallest on flag poles and should always be lit at night if you leave it outside. Additionally, for those of you flying the flag from your porch, the union should be towards the pole’s peak.
Become a Student of American History
You can’t call yourself patriotic if you don’t know what gives you the freedom to say so. Now, you don’t have to know the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence by heart, but you should know what they stand for and how they help you. Finally, you can never know too much history. And don’t worry, the U.S. has a lot of history to learn from.
There are several other ways you can show your patriotism, but the points we mentioned are the bare minimum. Everyone who calls America home should be proud to say so, but make sure you know howto show that pride properly.