One of our strongest core values as Americans—widely and deeply held coast to coast—is “Symbolic Patriotism,” listed as United America Core Value 2: “An emotional connection to country; feeling good when seeing the American flag or hearing the national anthem.”
Are you already feeling your spirits soaring for the Fourth?
Consider posting today’s photo on your Facebook page or simply email the link to this column to a friend.
Conduct your own research. What are your friends saying about the patriotic symbols we encounter on the Fourth?
Want even more patriotic fuel?
Enjoy this video of the original 1814 music of our Star-Spangled Banner, a project coordinated by my colleague University of Michigan musicologist Mark Clague, an authority on Francis Scott Key and the Star-Spangled Banner.
Start a discussion this weekend …
Bookmark our United America photo gallery Images of America and show it to friends this holiday weekend. Come on! Start your own discussion …
- Images of America: Black Lives Matter
- Images of America: Should “we” protect this child?
- Images of America: Where are these people going?
- Images of America: Are we still a Melting Pot? Were we ever?
- Images of America: Feeling good on the Fourth? We all are.
- Images of America: What’s not an American core value? (Hint: It’s our home.)
- Images of America: What moves you outdoors?
- Images of America: What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?
- Images of America: Freedom from fear? What worries us now?
- Images of America: Do you recognize the ‘WE’? Do you recognize Atticus Finch?