JULY 4, 2006 -- For 230 years Americans have rallied on July 4th to celebrate the United States Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.
Most of us think of July 4th as a day to demonstrate our patriotism; which got me thinking about what it means to be a patriot.
Webster's Dictionary defines patriot as "A person who loves and loyally or zealously supports his own country."
Some people show their support for our country by staunchly supporting all of our government's decisions. Some are equally patriotic when they loudly oppose rules and policies they feel threaten the freedoms that define us as Americans. Others show their support by quietly displaying the symbol that embodies the spirit of our country, the American flag. And some truly remarkable people, like the first patriots, step up to put their lives on the line for the principles of government they believe in.
This 4th of July, as we enjoy all of the traditional holiday observances - picnics, parties, parades and fireworks, let's celebrate our freedom by taking a moment to acknowledge that patriotism comes in many forms and be grateful that it does.