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How Patriotic Are You?

Posted by Nicole Morgan on July 22, 2009 at 2:36 AM

As some of you may have already heard I spent last weekend in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  One of the many stops the husband and I took the kids to was Mount Rushmore.

Now I would like to think that I am as patriotic as the next guy.  I not only love being an American but am proud of our country as well as our soldiers who continue to fight for our freedom.  With that said I wonder if I'm the only one who has gotten goose bumps at the site (like a monument) or sound (like a song) of something Patriotic. 

When I sat in the Amphitheatre at Mount Rushmore looking up at the sculpted faces on the mountain side I was in awe of the sheer amazement I felt.  Perhaps it was because I was finally sharing it with my children that I felt such a strong sense of pride, but it was a pretty amazing feeling

At about 9:30 the Park Ranger came on stage and presented a movie to all of us sitting there waiting patiently like a bunch of kids in Sunday School.  The movie, probably only about 20 minutes in length was your garden variety documentary about our founding fathers, our country, people who shaped this country and those who played a pivitol part in what it is today. 

Now yes, I know some might say we have things to be unhappy about, but I ask you, aren't we darn lucky too?  This short movie, sitting in the shadow of one of the greatest monuments in our country sent chills down my spine and brought a small tear to my eye as I thought of just how amazing it all is.

My question for you is, have you ever had that moment.  That chill down your spine/tear in your eye moment when you were so very proud to be a member of this very great country?  Or if you are in another country, say Canada or the UK, have you had a similar moment?

Please leave a comment, I would love to hear what you have to say.  Thank You!

 ~ Nicole ~

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Reply Mary G
8:33 AM on July 22, 2009 
Very thought-provoking Nicole. I guess the times I've felt it is during sporting events like Davis Cup tennis or the Olympics (although Canada is not exactly a powerhouse there). I was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario & I feel that when I see it. I guess the flag has to be "in my face" .
Reply Amy M
9:02 AM on July 22, 2009 
Countless times I have had many tears streaming down my face! When I watch the Olypmics and an American wins....or when he/she has lost. When I see on the news that someone in the armed forces gets to be reuinted with their family. When I hear "God Bless the USA"...of course I cannot think right now who sings it...Lee something...cry. We are so very lucky to live a free life here, and that is in great part due to the people who risk their lives for us daily. Great topic!
Reply Denyse
9:10 AM on July 22, 2009 
Beautifully written and clearly thought-out post, Nicole. I have to admit, I'm not much of a patriot, and these days with the political arena being populated by such questionable leaders - men who don't deserve the right to lead a march to the toilet in some cases - it's difficult to find a lot of be proud of in a country. My moments of emotion come more with connection to my adopted country than my native Canada, and are usually related to being proud of the courage and strength of people, not a nation. Still, I suppose there is always a time when national pride comes into play..... I'll let you know if it ever happens!! *lol*

Nice post.....

Reply Colleen Love
10:54 AM on July 22, 2009 
There have been many times when scenery, patriotic songs and speaches make me tear up. I will admit though, what gets me, is a well sung version of the Star Spangled Banner before a football game. There is just something so American about it. :)

Nice post, Nicole! :)

Reply Wendy
12:46 PM on July 22, 2009 
I get that rush of emotion EVERY time the Star Spangled Banner plays. We I think just dont know how fortunate we are to live in this wonderful country. Where we all may not agree with each other but we have that right to dissagree without prosecution. Well said Nicole!
Reply Betty Ann Harris
6:19 PM on July 22, 2009 
I think it's fantastic, Nicole, that you took your kids there. I agree that this country of ours is pretty amazing. I believe that our freedom is the most awesome thing; life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I just hope that we are not losing pride and thankfulness because we are getting cynical. I also believe that the more we push God out of the equation, the more we will "lose that loving feeling."
Reply Amelia
8:21 PM on July 23, 2009 
Pearl Harbor gave me that feeling. I've been there once and I thought of the men who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.
Reply Randall Lang
10:12 PM on July 23, 2009 
Hi Nicole,

For me, the chills and the tears come at the Vietnam memorial in Washington, DC. That stark black wall with SO many names is overwhelming. I can't stand it for more than a few minutes before I have to walk away lest I fall to my knees and cry.

Thank you for your service.


Randall Lang
Reply Jo
11:33 PM on January 12, 2010 
Yes I've had that moment, often. When I hear a patriotic song, when I set and talk to one of the many veterans at my local VFW Post. That feeling is the strongest when I help a soldier (active, reserve and newly discharged) sign up for college classes and to hear the pride in their voice.

I'm proud of our military and our country when I'm with my extended family as many of them have served...that feeling is a part of how I was raised. It is a part of how I am raising my own children.

Thank you for this post!

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