Showing how much you love your country doesn’t necessarily have to be on a specific day like the 4th of July or Flag Day; you can show your patriotism all year round. According to a Gallup Poll, released in 2018, 33% of adult Americans expressed how proud they are to be American, while only 47% of all US citizens feel extremely patriotic. If you feel the need to be more patriotic, there are plenty of things you can do. That being said, these are some methods to help you achieve that.
Read about US History
There is a multitude of books on American history. An easy way to become more patriotic is to educate yourself about your past. Whether you’re reading a book about the history of the American flag, the Revolutionary War, or other important events, reading about the origin and the key moments of your country’s history can help shine a light on the meaningful moments that encompassed the true spirit of America. “These Truths” by Jill Lepore, “Lies My Teacher Told Me” by James W. Loewen, and “1776” by David McCullough can probably be the first books you can start with as they tend to give a truthful and unfiltered account about American history.
Learn More about the American Symbols
Probably one of the simplest ways to increase your patriotic sentiments is to raise the American flag or hang it on your wall. However, growing a person’s patriotism is not just about hanging a flag. The American flag should be glorified not only because of what it represents to us but also for telling the story of America itself. This will be a great chance for you to know what the blue thin line stands for. You can show your patriotism by hanging or wearing thin blue line apparel to show the world how proud you are of your home country. Contact organizations, such as Flags Unlimited for more information on the US flag. When you read more about the American flag, you will find out the history of the current one and all the flags that have been raised in our country so far.
Pay Respects to Veterans’ Memorials
Plenty of soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom at home and abroad. One of the best and easiest ways to increase your patriotism is to visit various cemeteries or memorials that honor the brave sacrifice our veterans made. It is also a good idea to familiarise yourself with the history of the country’s wars and battles, so you can better understand what these men fought and died for.
Listen to the National Anthem Attentively
It’s always heart-warming to see Americans stand up with their right hands over their hearts and sing the national anthem in unity. It’s an expressive way to show collective patriotism. Unfortunately, not all US citizens are familiar with the actual meaning behind the national anthem. Understanding the history behind the words of the Star-Spangled Banner, knowing the meaning that it carries as a declarative piece, is a terrific way to be more patriotic.
Visit Historical Places
Millions of people add several places around the world to their travel bucket lists, such as the Louvre Museum, the Pyramids of Giza, or the Great Wall of China. However, you should make an effort to learn about the historical places here in the US first. Consider a trip to the Boston Freedom Trail, the Independence Park in Philadelphia, the Statue of Liberty, or one of the museums and monuments in Washington, D.C, that recounts the great trials and tribulations America had to go through. In any case, exploring our wonderful country is a fantastic way to appreciate it more.
Participate in Civic Events
The easiest way to participate in civic events is to vote in elections. Voting is essential because you are involved in important decisions that impact our country on all levels. Another great way to be proactive is to participate in various organizations and events that advocate possible causes that may benefit American communities. Whether you become a member of a political organization or take part in something you believe will make the country better, your participation can make a big difference.
Patriotism is something every citizen owes to their country. As an American citizen, your country deserves to be loved, respected, and glorified. In order for you to know why or how, you need to educate yourself about its history to learn about powerful American symbols, veterans, and museums. As JFK once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” And you can start by learning to love it.