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The importance of patriotism every day

Posted by on September 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

Written by Call of Duty Endowment on September 12, 2011 – 4:06 pm

THE IMPORTANCE OF PATRIOTISM EVERY DAY

Written by Call of Duty Endowment on September 12, 2011 – 4:06 pm

Yesterday was September 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington DC.  Yesterday, was a day of remembrance in honor of the thousands killed ten years ago, and a day of recognition for all of the members of law enforcement, intelligence and the military who serve on the front lines of the War on Terror every day.

It is easy to be patriotic on a day like yesterday.

But today is, for the vast majority of the country, just another Monday.  Though we have been a nation at war for ten years, only one percent of the population does all of the fighting.  For most Americans, the demands of service and the cost of keeping America safe are unseen.  As a nation, we remember those who serve on days like yesterday, or on Veterans Day.  We place a yellow ribbon on our cars, or wear a flag pin, but for too many of us that is what it means to be patriotic.

Bingham Jamison, a veteran of two combat tours as a Marine Corps Officer in Iraq, wrote in a piece featured on TIME’s Battleland Blog this weekend about the need to redefine patriotism.  He explains the need for Americans to move beyond “symbolic” days and gestures of patriotism.   The post mentions the many issue that veterans face, including the extremely difficult employment situation for post-911 veterans leaving the military.  He mentions non-profits like HirePatriots.com or the Wounded Warrior Project, two excellent organizations working to support our veterans.  But Jamison’s message is a broader appeal for all of us to make patriotism part of our lives again on a daily basis, the way we did immediately following the attacks ten years ago.

At CODE we want to echo Mr. Jamison’s sentiment that we all can do more to, “support and care for the brave warriors who already bear the scars, both visible and invisible, of a decade of war.”

Today is Monday, and it’s a good day to start.

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