Which event or events made of you feel proud of your country?
Everybody is proud of their country and countrymen. So there are the moments when you have tears in your eyes out of pride and honour for your country. So let's share.
The feeling of unity during the days and weeks after 9/11. I remember seeing an American flag on every window and in every yard. All racial lines seemed irrelevant, all biases seemed unimportant.
I completely agree. Whenever I think about it though, I wish that we could still have that same solidarity. Great answer.
It's a shame we need a tragedy to behave that way. I remember that too, and I wish we, as a people, could be that willingly unified all the time.
I think it was on purpose. An attack on the US would bring all the people together and attack who was responsible. The government used this unity to go into many countries that didn't harm us. Everything in politics is planned.
Hi krsharp, thanks for the reply. I must say in such a tragic event; racial, economic or all other barriers are too small to stop countrymen from saving their fellow contrymen and stand united
As a Brit, I tend to feel proud whenever I hear stories of how the people pulled together during the Second World War, particularly during the Blitz. I also feel proud whenever I read about Dunkirk or the Battle of Britain. I also felt proud when many people decided that they were going to continue using public transport in London in the aftermath of the 7/7 bombings. A remarkable sign of courage and fortitude.
WWII was indeed Britain's finest hour. As an American I think we should remember the unity, resolve, and bravery of all who withstood the Blitz and who fought for the freedom that all on both sides of the pond enjoy. Freedom isn't free.
Hi Jkenny, thanks for your reply . People decisions (using public transport) make country stronger. I wish you and your country good luck in hosting Olympics
The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution, and winning the Revolutionary War.
The Declaration of Independence, the U.S Constitution, the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 19th Amendendments, refriending and rebuilding of Japan and Germany/Europe after WW II.
Whenever I see or read a story about in immigrant fighting their way through the red tape to become a citizen, starting a business or just finding a decent job, and becoming the epitome of the American dream.
Whether they become rich or not, they're the most patriotic citizens in our country because they know what it's like not to have the things we take for granted. And they will raise their children to love this country and make the most of it, rarely if ever relying on govt assistance.
It's inspiring and it always chokes me up.
Strangely, and in a very conflicted way, the Iraq war. I wasn't proud of our political class, didn't think the war was necessary, and despise the people who voted for the war and then whined about every detail. But the amazing professionalism, heroism and skill of the military just astounded me. They made a lot of mistakes and did some bad things too, but over all, as far as any war can be done right, they did it.
If I were to name a single event, I would have to say 9-11. It was amazing to see how people came together from all over the country to help.
But I would be much more proud if we as a country would come together and do something about some of the major issues we have currently and daily in our own backyards!
since i have two countries i will give you two answers in no particular order of importance:the day Barack Hussein Obama was elected president of the United States,Which I didn't even believe was possible even though I worked for his campaign and fully supported him.And the day Uruguay came out fourth in the world cup an almost unbelievable sport feat with which we have dreamed for many years.
I often feel this when I see someone at the airport walk up to a soldier and shake their hand. It's something I've done myself, however when I see other people do it, particularly when they're obviously strangers, it gives me pride in my fellow Americans for their ability to honor and thank those who risk their lives for our country.
I've also seen the airline crews, firefighters, police officers, and other employees on the tarmac stand quietly, at attention, as a service member who lost their life is brought off a plane to be taken for burial by their grieving families. This too, the ability to honor someone we've never met, for their sacrifice, gives me pride in my fellow countrymen.
Every 4th of July as I see parades, fireworks, flags, and respect for our military. We DO live in the greatest nation in the world! Let's not bankrupt it or put it down. If you disagree, then I suggest you go the way of the Facebook exec and give up your citizenship. There's a line a mile long of immigrants who would LOVE to take your place!!
I take pride that my staunchly conservative, religiously extreme, slightly annoying neighbour and I can live next door enjoying one another's company as well as a highly opinionated discussion, without coming to blows. Notably I am an independent, atheistic, not so annoying, complete opposite of my neighbour. Only in America.
I am not so proud of my elected officials who's only interest seems to be to serve their own. They ignore their elected purpose and have also chosen to ignore civility of discourse. Sad that pride of statemanship has become a thing of the past for our polliticians. At least, we the people, are doing our best to remain united.
Having spent the majority of my formative years living in other countries I say without hesitation that the United States is without queston the best place to call home. That makes me proud despite all our shortcomings.
When we took the pitch in France in 1998; don't think there was a single Jamaican that wasn't standing when the anthem played.
Then at the 2008 Olympics when Usain won....
During the days and weeks following 9/11 we saw the best that this country is capable of. The courage and selflessness that average Americans showed in the face of danger, tragedy and despair was overwhelming and filled me with a pride I have never felt in my entire life.
It almost made up for the bigotry, hate, racism, tyranny, injustice, paranoia and discrimination we have demonstrated against Muslims and against our own people since then..... almost....
Crisis brings out the best in us, but it also brings out our worst.
Wow, I guess there was no justification for all that hate right after 9/11 huh?
It's interesting that you focus on that. Iraq is a shambles because of what we because of fear and hate. We do a lot of evil in the name of "protecting our country". The Patriot Act, new TSA rules, the Military Commissions Act? Sound familiar?
Well I guess if you consider any of those 'evil', then you must be pretty ashamed of us. I just don't agree with you, but that's the beauty of this great country right?
Except there was a time there after 9/11 where the word "traitor" was becoming synonymous with "people who don't agree with those in power".
Like I said; the best AND the worst of us.
Hopefully, that's all behind us.
Hi 88swordsbane, I liked the last line of your reply "Crisis brings out the best in us, but it also brings out our worst" and that is true for every country whose innocent people are attacked for no reason. Thanks for the reply
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