Being a patriot means different things to different people. For me, the word "patriot" invokes memories of the American flag, smoky battle in Gettysburg, sweat-stained Marines in Iraq, little kids in a 4th of July parade...
Here's Merriam-Webster's definition of patriot:
patriot: a person who loves and strongly supports or fights for his or her country
Military Service Not Required
You don't have to serve in the military to be a patriot. We honor our brothers and sisters on the front lines, patriots shedding blood for our country, but they're not the only patriots.
Let's not forget about the policemen, public servants, wives, husbands, firemen, all patriots, all living an honorable life.
What Makes A Patriot?
The definition above says a patriot is someone who "loves and supports or fights..."
The first element is LOVE. I love my country just as much as readers I've connected to in the U.K. or in Australia do their own. There's nothing better than coming home to the country we hold dear.
The second element is SUPPORT. We don't have to agree with everything that happens in our nation's capitol (trust me, I don't), but we do have to support the overall mission. In America I believe our mission is to spread freedom, inclusion and prosperity throughout the world. Do you agree?
The final element is FIGHTING. How many men and women have died throughout the ages fighting for their countries? We honor them by remembering their sacrifices, by taking care of the loved ones they've left behind.
How Can You Be A Better Patriot?
Define Your Love: Instead of complaining about the crooked politicians and the rising cost of milk, remind yourself about why you're here, why do you love your country?
Help Your Fellow Patriots: You're surrounded by patriots. Open your eyes. Say hello to your neighbor. Buy a soldier a beer. Lend a helping hand.
What else can we do to be better patriots?
Quick Corps Justice Update
Thank you all for spreading the word. Thanks to you March was my best sales month ever. Being able to connect with more and more readers really makes my day.
"National Burden" Chugging Along
As you might've noticed, I upgraded the book cover. Looks pretty good, don't you think?
I'm about halfway through writing the book. Looks like this one's gonna be a little longer than the last two. These damn politicians keep throwing piles of crap at President Zimmer. Good thing he's got Cal and the boys on his side.
In the next update I'll include Chapter 1.
Until next time...
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