Believe it or not, July 4th is just about here! Not only is this the time of the year when we barbecue and watch fireworks, it is also the time of year when we show pride in our great nation. How about we all extend that a bit by doing a few patriotic acts of kindness this weekend in honor of the 4th? Here are a few suggestions!
15 Patriotic Acts of Kindness:
– Put out a flag at your home, school, or place of work. Let’s show our pride in the red, white, and blue – on July 4th and all throughout the year.
– Once you’ve put out a flag of your own, consider bringing a flag to a veteran you know, or bring flags to the cemetery for any military or unadorned stones. You can also rest a flag at a park or other location that honors our heroes. Without their bravery, we would not be a nation of freedom today.
– Show your support of our troops, veterans and military families. Here are 20 ways to support our military. After all, they are the ones who are giving us liberty.
– Support the men and women in uniform in our towns and cities too – the first responders. It takes courage and bravery to walk into a burning building while everyone else is running out. That’s part of what Patriot’s Day is all about, but we can honor them around all throughout the year. Let’s give them our thanks for being willing to risk their lives to save ours.
– Clean up litter. Reduce waste. Recycle. Let’s do whatever we can to preserve our home sweet homeland so that it is still in tact for generations to come.
– Make an extra effort to be accepting and respectful of everyone, regardless of our differences. That is what makes this country a big, beautiful melting pot. It is also what makes our nation a democracy.
– Speaking of democracy, why not utilize your freedom of speech? Give a compliment or send an email to someone to show your appreciation for their efforts. Let the people in your life know that you are grateful for them.
– Read, learn, and study our nation’s history. Too many of us learned what we needed to know to pass a test in school, and then forgot the information soon thereafter. We should all know this nation’s heritage and pass it on to the next generation. Shouldn’t we?
– Maybe you could even donate a history book to a local library or school. Perhaps you have a historical artifact at home, or a relevant story from your family’s history that you could share with others.
– And speaking of history, call your grandparents or video chat with them. Better yet, go see them in person. We need to do a better job of honoring our forefathers. This land was their land first, after all.
– In addition to reading, visit. Travel to the monuments, historical sites, museums and national parks that tell the stories and stand the test of time.
– Be kind to one another. Use your manners. Smile. Say good morning, please, thank you and excuse me. Hold the door for someone or let them go in front of you. Some patriots might call that the spirit of brotherhood. I call it allegiance. (Not to mention common courtesy.)
– Help others who are less fortunate, or have the courage to stand up for those who are being bullied. Not sure how that is a patriotic duty? Well, then remember that liberty and justice should be not just for some but for all. All men (and women) are created equal, and deserve to be treated as such.
– Behave in a way that shows why we are the U.S. of A. by raising your flag, wearing patriotic colors, saying the pledge with pride, and celebrating this great nation we call home. If we can do this for our favorite sports teams, surely we can do it to celebrate our country. This is the one common factor that brings us all together, after all.
How will you be honoring the nation this 4th of July?