Patriotic

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What does it mean to be patriotic?

Is it only being a soldier fighting in war

Or standing for the national anthem

Is it voting for the “Right” political party

And talking junk about the one that’s “Left”

Is it always agreeing with government policy

Or putting your hand on your heart for the pledge…

Making sure we leave out “In God we trust!”

Perhaps it is voting that makes us patriotic

Picking from a list of unknowns or voting a straight ticket

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Patriotic people include many who make life happen

Doctors and nurses care for the sick and injured

Orderlies clean up the messes and mop the floor

Factory workers daily keep America humming

Truckers haul it to your destination

Farmers raise the crops that feed us all

Teachers lay the foundation of future success

Construction workers build our buildings

Pastors and Priests care for our souls

Soup kitchen workers and volunteers feed the homeless

Business people Secretaries // Mail carriers and police

Mothers of children shaping young lives

Cooking, Cleaning // Loving and Caring

And the list goes on and on…

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Perhaps it is those who show respect to one and all

Workers for peace both at home and abroad

Those who bring people together  building relationships

Patriots stand for justice and care for the needy

All who contribute to the common good

Make our country strong

And…

Are patriots in their own right

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

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