Patriotism has a different meaning for many people. For some it is as deeply embedded as a core belief, such as religion or love of family. I have always been proud to be an American where I have been given the opportunity to pursue my dreams, chart my own course, savor the successes, and learn from my mistakes.
I am thankful to so many who have served our country and for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, my heartfelt thank you will never be enough. For those who serve and protect our great Nation today, you will always have my admiration and thanks. Without your willingness to defend what we believe in, our freedoms would no longer be guaranteed.
I have read so many reports in the news and across social media with each side adamantly projecting their views. Although the message might be lost due to actions of a few, I always attempt to stay grounded upon the beliefs I hold most dear. I respect the beliefs of my fellow Americans and understand that we may not always agree on issues, but I hope at the core we can all believe in the strength of unity as a Nation. Just as our Pledge of Allegience reminds us, “One Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.