Here is the essay I turned in for the Patriot's Pen essay contest that I entered. Hope you all enjoy it!

Does Patriotism Still Matter?

Does our country need its citizens to show patriotism? First of all, what is patriotism? “Patriotism is love of and loyalty to one's country. A patriot is someone who loves, supports, and is prepared to serve his country.” The word patriotism emanates from the Greek word for fatherland. What is true patriotism? Is it wearing a USA shirt on the Fourth of July? Is it flying a flag on Veteran’s Day? Is it fighting over seas? Although, I believe these are noble ways of being patriotic, we can do much, much more.

What was patriotism like in the past? Many men and women were willing, and did sacrifice their families, comforts, fortunes, and lives for their country. They served as government officials, judges, and presidents to help maintain our nation. They constructed a new constitution for the people to live by, as their standard. The fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence were willing to give their lives to purchase freedom for our country. If they were willing to sacrifice so much for their fatherland, shouldn’t we do the same, or even more?

How can one be patriotic today, right now? First and foremost, we can pray for our government officials, defend our country when needed, and honor our veterans. We can be patriotic if we will honor and live by the constitution as it was written and ordained to be. We can willingly serve our fellow citizens and live virtuous lives to retain our freedom. As John Adams stated “Our constitution was madeonly for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

In conclusion, I resolutely believe that our country does need patriotism, especially now. If we wish
to keep our country strong we need to show all the patriotism we have to succor our country. To be
the best kind of patriot, one must simply love and be loyal to his country. May patriotism emanate from our lives.

Have a great week!



Hannah said...

Great essay!
I'm sure you'll probably be really high in score for the contest.

I was too busy to work on my essay, but I did write some...but I don't really want to share it.

P.s. Liked the post!

Anonymous said...

We really enjoyed listening to your essay. Lil read it to us over the phone. You did a wonderful job... I can hardly believe you can think of all those things to say. and by the way that was a beautiful night gown you made Becca. I am so proud of you for learning to sew. Keep up the good work. Love Mamaw

Bailey said...

Go, Kara! I'm all pumped about patriotism right now...or rather worn out by patriotism...or something like that. Campaigning bangs one up more than Brett Favre. :P