Friday, June 11, 2010
Parents who teach patriotism to their children strengthen their family, community, state and nation. The word patriotism comes from the Greek word patris, which means fatherland. Patriotism is the love and loyal support of one's country. It includes a love for the country's land and people, admiration for its customs and traditions, pride in its history, and devotion to its welfare. It is a normal attitude or feeling and has existed throughout history and among all peoples. It requires public service and responsibility of all citizens. It involves serving one's country in the best way possible. It requires loyalty to country. A good way to teach patriotism to your children is to take your family on an outing with the specific purpose of purchasing a United States flag. Then teach your children to respect the flag by your attitude and example. I hope that you will fly your flag often. Flag Day is June 14 and is an excellent day to begin the practice of flying the flag of your nation.