During this season of giving I would mention how wonderful a gift writers have to share their stories with family, community and all readers. Whatever genre you write, I would ask during this season to give a gift of a short story, poem, or other writing, even if only to family, and consider the subject of patriotism – “devotion to one’s country, national loyalty.” As citizens we have a privilege and duty of patriotism – whether it is to vote, serve on a jury when called, or just to obey our laws.
We are very fortunate to have the freedom to write on any topic of our choosing. We don’t have to wait for editors or publishers to get works out, available for anyone to read. We have the freedom for people to agree and disagree with our writing – without “book burnings.” This and other freedoms we have would not have been possible without the past sacrifices of ancestors and continued commitment to service by firemen, police, military, etc. We have many wonderful stories of these heroes and new stories are surfacing daily. We have a growing archive of resources – through the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, county and state histories, reports by military historians, and daily newspaper reports of acts of valor. We have new perspectives from women in service and naturalized citizens. A family member, a friend, a neighbor may have a story to share.
I would ask writers to commemorate and perpetuate the spirit and purpose of the extraordinary men and women, past and present, who serve our country and preserve our American heritage so that future generations might continue to live in freedom and peace.
What stories of patriotism do you have to tell?
- Collier County Veterans History Project Coincides with the Premiere of Honor Flight (naplesnews.com)
- Oral history instructions: Veterans Project of the National Archives (pbs.org)
- Capturing the oral history of today’s vets (stripes.com)