5 Ways to Show Your Patriotism

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arbors-showing-your-patriotism.pngIn the United States, July 4th is a day to celebrate our nation’s independence. It’s been more than 200 years since our nation commenced this revolutionary experiment in government, and we’re still working to improve it.

July 4th is a day to wave the Stars and Stripes, pledge your allegiance, and honor the sacrifice of those who fought and died to make this nation great.

5 Ways to Show Your Patriotism

Beyond the flag-waving, though, many of us want to show our patriotism in more heartfelt ways. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Vote. One of the best ways to honor the principles upon which our nation was built is to vote. If you can, volunteer to work the polls during an election and you can see our system of government in action.
  2. Support a veteran. Do more than thank them for their service. If you know a veteran of the Vietnam or Korean wars, or even World War II, take some time to lend them a hand. Mow their lawns, offer to take them to the pharmacy, or send them a gift basket. Most would even appreciate a few minutes of meaningful conversation. If you do not know any nearby veterans nearby, call your local Agency on Aging or a nearby senior living or assisted living community and ask how you can contribute to their veteran’s 4th of July celebration.
  3. Fly the Stars and Stripes correctly. The S. Flag Code has strict guidelines on how to display and handle the flag. For example, if the flag is flying at night, it must be illuminated. While you’re at it, why not help a veteran show his or her pride in our nation by helping them install a flag display? Flags of Honor provides veterans with flags for free.
  4. Support our national parks. The National Park Service has always operated on a small budget, and proposed budget cuts may make the situation worse. Staff, hours and amenities may all be reduced or eliminated. Make it a point to visit our national parks. You can also donate to a specific park or a friends of the park organization here.
  5. Serve on a jury. Jury duty may seem like an inconvenience at times, but it is part of what makes this nation great.

At The Arbors Assisted Living Residential Communities, we are very proud of our veteran residents. In truth, we’re proud of all our residents, because they’re each unique and amazing. That’s one of the reasons we offer so many programs, such as weekly tea parties and fundraising for Meals on Wheels, to get our residents a chance to get out and participate!

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