Patriotism is such a strong, dignified word. While the times we live in seem to be dividing us, the summer holidays that are approaching hopefully give all people something to relate to, something to bring people together. The definition of patriotism according to Dictionary.com is
devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty.
Perception is everything though, and the word patriotism means different things to different people. For example, a couple of our Gypsy shop owners offered what comes to their mind when they think of patriotism:
“I am a born and raised NY’er. I lived in NY when our country was attacked. The worst act of terrorism we have ever seen on US soil. My uncle walked from Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn then over the Verrazzano Bridge to get home to Staten Island. He walked the entire way covered in soot. It took us hours to get in touch with our family to make sure they were safe because honestly we didn’t know. Cell phones weren’t working and most land lines were busy because so many people were trying to get in touch with their loved ones. It was terrifying and there was nothing we could do. We were in the dark. I ran to get my daughter from daycare and cried as I watched the second plane fly directly into the towers. My husband couldn’t get home fast enough. The next day and for many days that followed we were all just Americans. We weren’t black or white. Red or Brown. Jewish or Christian. We were all for one and one for all. We were kind. We all came together as a country. We stood strong together. This is the America I want to live in. The America where we stand strong together and fight for our freedoms. The very freedoms that terrorists are so threatened by. I am so proud to be an American. I am even more proud of the men and women who fight to protect our freedoms. Idk if that helps but it is exactly how I have felt every single day since 9/11. Never Forget.”
“Patriotism to me is a feeling. It’s pride in my country and the men and women that serve it, including one of my sons. It’s a sense of belonging to something bigger than me.”
“We are the UNITED states of America, and we should each have our own identity, but still be a part of the big picture. We should stand together, not be divided by the color of our skin, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or anything else. We should love our neighbors and help anyone when we can. We should teach our children what Memorial Day, The Fourth of July, and Veterans Day mean and why we have these holidays. Teach them that it’s not just a day to be off work and have a backyard party. It’s not about donning red, white, and blue and waving the flag. It’s about standing for the flag and honoring the men and women who have selflessly sacrificed for our freedoms.”
If your family is looking for new ways to show your patriotism this year be sure to check out the article below
Families often get together on these holidays and so many people now are following the Keto lifestyle. Need recipe ideas for a Keto meal? Check out 14 Easy Low-Carb Memorial Day Recipes for some ideas!
Shopping is another thing that happens a lot on Memorial Day weekend. Lots of sales! Gypsy Spoonful included. Here are just a few of the sales Gypsy shops have going on:
Wreaths by Jacquelyn will be offering an extra 20% off all items in the shop!
Just use code MEMDAY19
All Lavender Neck Wraps and Herbal Migraine Pillows are on sale right now!!
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25% off select stick ponies and felt food in Houkreative for Memorial Day
Memorial Day Weekend Sale, Sat-Mon, 20% off Shop-wide at Scrappers Snips and Stitches
Memorial Day Weekend Sale – 30% off shop wide at Kustom Cross Stitch using coupon code Memorial30
Just one more neat thing about patriotism before the weekend starts. Great music!
Check out Timeout’s pick of the best patriotic songs