Pa­tri­o­tism in the com­mu­nity

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Ed Helmick

Through­out the sum­mer, com­mu­nity events are held to cel­e­brate our his­tory and cul­ture. As we at­tend the pa­rades, pageants, rodeos and de­mo­li­tion der­bys at the fair grounds, it is ob­vi­ous that our lo­cal peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate the free­dom and op­por­tu­ni­ties this great na­tion pro­vides us.

When the flag of the United States of Amer­ica opens an event it is a sym­bol of the prin­ci­ples this great na­tion stands for. We stand in rev­er­ence to the val­ues of our na­tion. Val­ues that al­low us to in­ter­pret our life the way we choose and ex­er­cise the free­dom and lib­erty of this coun­try. That is what makes us pa­tri­otic. It has been a God blessed na­tion and we un­der­stand that, even though at times it has not been per­fect. It is a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence to wit­ness the pa­tri­o­tism in our com­mu­ni­ties.

It is also won­der­ful to wit­ness our lo­cal events opened with a prayer. For many of us, that is an im­por­tant part of our be­lief and cul­ture. It is an­other rea­son for pa­tri­o­tism. Our com­mu­ni­ties are all won­der­ful places to live and raise a fam­ily. Our peo­ple have an at­tach­ment to the land and the land­scape that binds us in pa­tri­o­tism. This makes us proud and ap­pre­cia­tive of where we are at in our lit­tle cor­ner of the world.

A U.S. flag is un­furled at the Utah County Fair. Photo: Ed Helmick

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