Around the Fourth of July, Memorial Day or any of the other patriotic holidays, we all should remember that the freedoms and benefits of living in the United States did not come to us for free or without sacrifice. Men and women have spent their lives and their fortunes to give us what we enjoy today.
Patriotism is the emotional attachment to a nation that you recognize as your homeland. It can also be called national pride. Whatever you call it, we all have times when it runs high and other times when we don’t give a second thought to our nation.
Sometimes we act like spoiled children that grew up living in a mansion and never give any though to the sacrifices our parents and grandparents made to give us the pampered life we live. Hopefully, these patriotic quotes will remind you that we need to be grateful to those that came before us.
Without our vigilance and continued attention to the forces that wish to take away our freedoms, we could easily lose them for ourselves and for future generations. Take a moment and contemplate these 10 Patriotic Quotes to Make You Proud to Be American.
1. “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” – Theodore Roosevelt
2. “They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.” – Benjamin Franklin
3. “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan
4. “Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.”- Colin Powell