I Pledge Allegiance

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “I Pledge Allegiance.”  Are you patriotic? What does being patriotic mean to you?

What does Patriotic mean to me? Well, honestly, when i was a younger and naive, bring patriotic didn’t mean much to me. I wasn’t fully aware of my country. My community was constantly telling me that, this is not our country. They would say that we need to go back to our mother land Africa. Let’s be clear, I’ve never been to Africa, nor do I know anyone in Africa.

Then, the other ones in my community, growing up, would say that, Africa would never accept us because we’ve been to westernized or whitewashed. (Ugh really?) But, when you’re young, you are not sure who to believe.

Any who, after I’ve lived life a little more and sought out a little more education and information I now have a different stance. Or i should say i finally have a stance. I’ve found that no matter out shortcomings here is the US, I would want to be no other place. I just can’t see it clearly.

I found in the recent years that when we attend any event where our national anthem is sung, I become choked up. I can actually feel it now, so interesting to feel such a way, but this is my home, my country, so please DTOM.

Because I’ve decided to be more patriotic and appreciative to my ancestors for enduring such hardships for me to live a life own choosing. You never realize how important it is to be able to choose your own path in life, until you cannot do it.

I’m a criminal justice major and psych minor because my patriotism has shifted. My father is a vet from the USAF and worked on planes. He fought for our country and paid a price that was high enough for me to be eternally grateful. He suffers from the agent orange and c because of that sacrifice I lost a very special piece of my father. When i was in school i would wear his wings proudly.

This is what patriotic means to me, our country is our family. No matter how much we disagree or try to hurry one another, we are all one nation under God indivisible.

Just like real family, no matter how much you yell, scream, complain, or lash out about family, they are still family. Nobody else better say anything or do anything to them without dealing with the fallout. My family is my county and my county is my family America is all that I know and she has given me a chance to live free and to love on purpose. How can I not respect and honor her.

The media tries very hard to discredit is our to make Americans look like fools. But i say to you those who don’t o know any different, take the media’s information with a grain of salt or less. They have a job to entertain, not necessarily tell.

Thank you for reading.

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  1. That is so true. We all struggle with our countries. It is like a constant family battle. Like a child that refuses to eat their vegetables. But, we love them anyway, no matter the hardships. Thank you for commenting 😉

  2. Hi Celeste, a great posting. It’s difficult being a citizen of any country at times. I like to quote from the novel “A tale of two cities”: “It was the best of times and the worst of times”. And, indeed, we are living in such times. Hanging out the Flag and singing our national anthem help our national identity in a positive way.

  3. Thank you Garth. It’s good to learn about other countries. We are all connected to one another no matter the region. The ones born into wealth seem to be at a disadvantage when it comes to dealing with the public. They live in a world that is secluded from the rest, but seem to always claim they can relate to the struggles of the working class. I give them an E for effort. Thanks for your awesome response. 😉

  4. In UK there is very little patriotism. It comes down to whether you are all for the royal family or want to get rid of them. My view is that royalty are just born into privilege and wealth – the French lopped the heads off their aristocracy and the rest of Europe made the same move away from kings and queens. Your blog was good and involved and interesting and I hope I haven’t gone on too long

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