Patriotism in the community
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