PP 2017: Elias Larrington

Larrington

Nathan Hale once said, “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” I believe that this quote represents the patriotism Americans have toward their country. We celebrate Independence Day because in 1776, that was the day we gained our independence. We also celebrate Memorial Day to honor those who were willing to give their lives to keep our country free. America’s gift to my generation is the patriotism people show for our country.

I believe that some of the people who show the most patriotism to this wonderful country are our veterans and soldiers in the reserves or out in the field. They risk their lives to keep our country free. Our soldiers and veterans are the reason we can still celebrate Independence Day. The U.S. armed forces is voluntary, yet there are about 1.3 million people in active duty and about 800,000 people in the reserves. This means that over 2 million people are willing to sacrifice their lives for our country. To me, this is the definition of patriotism.

The pride for our country is not always shown by fighting in another country thousands of miles away. In some cases it’s more local. I’m talking about the thin blue line. Our police forces sometimes give their lives to help keep American citizens safe. I am proud to say that I am related to a police officer, and I have heard some stories from him that make me greatly appreciate our law enforcement. If you think being a police officer is easy, imagine having to hunt down an armed person who took off running into the woods. They caught the man and nobody was hurt, but I still respect anyone who would risk their life to save others.

In conclusion, there is a great deal of pride that people have for this country. Some people show it with hot dogs and fireworks, others with sweat and blood. We show this patriotism because we love our country. I once heard that the strongest weapon in America is a patriotic American. The fact that people have so much pride for our country that they are willing to risk their lives is truly amazing. I believe that the patriotism Americans have for their country is America’s gift to my generation.

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