Happy President's Day?

Reflection on Patriotism by Lyn Perry

My dad would have turned 92 this past weekend. And, although he died a few years back, I still recognize the day and, to some extent, even celebrate his birthday. Why? Like any 'special' day, we remember certain dates because we connect them with particular feelings or sets of values that we want to remember. In my case, fond memories of a father (and mother, too) who loved me and provided for me.

Even when those feelings or values prompt more difficult memories - possibly pain or regret - we may still commemorate a certain day because of the positive lessons that can be learned from the historical event(s) or people it represents.

President's Day in the U.S. is one such example. It isn't as significant as it once was, but it does prompt me to thank God for the many strong and noble leaders that have led our country through difficult times - and to pray for our current President and those campaigning to become our next President so that our nation can continue to stand for justice, peace, and freedom.

There is a recent trend (a cyclical one I've noticed) that seeks to downplay any form of patriotism as imperialistic, chauvinistic, low-brow, and expressing unquestioning loyalty - just one step away from supporting a fascist regime. This, of course, is ridiculous. True patriotism is an expression of gratitude for the freedoms we do enjoy, recognizing that without the aid of Divine Providence and the sacrifice of noble men and women, we would not be able to celebrate such a day.

What does this have to do with writing or biblical speculative fiction or anything related to the communication arts? Well, it should be clear that without the freedoms gained in this country our ability to communicate in practically any form would be severely limited. So, although I mention my father's birthday, President's Day, and the topic of patriotism, I guess I'm really trying to say that I'm grateful for the opportunity these 'special days' afford me - the opportunity to write as God directs. I invite you to join me in taking advantage of our freedom and celebrate with me this holiday by writing what is on your heart.


Deborah Cullins Smith said...

Well said, Lyn. Patriotism has gotten a bad rap pretty much since the Viet Nam "conflict". It hurt me to see the veterans of that war so terribly disrespected, my own father included. Yes, there are instances of soldiers going "overboard" in their agression. But for the most part, our military folks are good-hearted, well-intentioned, and honorable people doing a difficult job. And I thank God for them, because without them, we wouldn't have the freedoms we take for granted. There are many countries where the freedom to write whatever lies heavy on your heart is nowhere near as wide as the freedom we have in the United States. We do have so much to be thankful for. Thanks for reminding us of that, Lyn.

Andrea Graham said...

Lyn, did you see, er, hear Adam's podcast on Berkley and I believe Dayton dissing the Marines? This thread reminded me of that.