What is patriotism?

Patriotism.  This Lithograph is 7.5x10 inches @ 300 ppi and was created by Jim Verchio of the Air Force Communications Agency. Air Force Link does not provide printed copies but assistance can be provided in acquiring a printed copy of this Lithograph through your servicing DAPS. A PDF version for printing on office printers is also available. Requests can be made to afgraphics@dma.mil. Please specify the title and number.

Patriotism. This Lithograph is 7.5x10 inches @ 300 ppi and was created by Jim Verchio of the Air Force Communications Agency. Air Force Link does not provide printed copies but assistance can be provided in acquiring a printed copy of this Lithograph through your servicing DAPS. A PDF version for printing on office printers is also available. Requests can be made to afgraphics@dma.mil. Please specify the title and number.

Master Sgt. Freddie Simon makes a point about patriotism as he speaks with Tech Sgt. Dan Oliver, Gateway rnewspaper reporter.

Master Sgt. Freddie Simon makes a point about patriotism as he speaks with Tech Sgt. Dan Oliver, Gateway rnewspaper reporter.

Patriotism is important to this Airman

Patriotism is important to this Airman

Scott AFB, Il -- What is patriotism? 

"In a general way, patriotism means love of country -- love of one's country or one's homeland. 

Look deep into the patriot, and we find core values. I suggest that these core values are more similar than different, when compared across boundaries of politics, economics, language, and other cultural characteristics. 

Most of us share high hopes for ourselves and our fellow Americans. I believe there has never been another nation on this planet that has helped itself and others by our compassion for the hungry, sick, poor, and oppressed.

I believe that the American form of patriotism is love of freedom. Freedom to change jobs, to buy a car you cannot afford, to save your money or spend it, to have a family or remain single, to go to church or not. These are simple human choices that many around the globe are denied and many would like to deny us.

For the patriots who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, I'd like to share something I heard: "They gave all their tomorrows so that we can have our today."

I would like to say THANK YOU and I'm honored to serve with such a dedicated group of PATRIOTS!!!