Saturday, July 4, 2015

Talk Patriotism To Me

by Victoria M. Johnson

I am wildly patriotic and I always enjoy meeting others who are, too.  Upon discovering our commonality, we'll exchange stories of how this brings us to tears or that fills us with jubilation.  Quite often it's the same things that affect us so deeply and instigates powerful emotions.  Those things are words.  Not just any words, but patriotic words.  

Talk Patriotism to Me by Victoria M. Johnson
photo by Neringa Bryant

Where are these words?
They're in patriotic speeches, national monuments, historic documents, museum exhibits, TV commercials, movies, books, poems, and in songs.  Basically, they're everywhere.  I can be having a perfectly perfect time at an event and hear the National Anthem and get all choked up.  I know to bring tissue to visit national monuments.  Seeing and reading the actual Declaration of Independence in the National Archives or the words in Emma Lazarus' sonnet at the base of the Statue of Liberty and I'm a mess.  I believe in those words.
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What are those words?
At the Lincoln Memorial, I was in awe of the compelling words all over the interior, including:
" Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal... that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."  These words fire me up.  They give me goosebumps.

In the movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets (I loved both films and can't wait to see the third) the lead characters and story are as patriotic as they come:
Ben Gates: "...And because you're the President of the United States, sir. Whether by innate character or the oath you took to defend the Constitution or the weight of history that falls upon you, I believe you to be an honorable man, sir."
US President: "Gates, people don't believe that stuff anymore."
Ben Gates: "They want to believe it."

Oh, we do, we do!  Patriotic dialogue is sure to put a lump in my throat.  Is anyone else out there moved by hearing the real President give his inaugural speech and annual address to the nation?  Anyone need a hanky upon hearing The Star Spangled Banner while watching the Olympics?  You know what?  Patriotism is a turn-on.  Whatever country you call home, I hope you love it, appreciate it, and help care for it.

romance author Victoria M. Johnson
Victoria M. Johnson knew by the time she was ten that she wanted to be a writer.  She loves telling stories and she's happiest when creating new characters and new plots.  Avalon Books and Montlake Romance published Victoria's fiction debut, The Doctor’s Dilemma, (A 2012 Bookseller’s Best double finalist).  Her other fiction book is a collection of romance short stories titled, The Substitute Bride and a novella, Hot Hawaiian Christmas. She is also the writer and director of four short films and two micro documentaries.   Visit Victoria's website at for inspiration and tips and find her Amazon author page or connect with her on Pinterest and Twitter.  


  1. I'm with you on this, Victoria. There are so many wonderful words that make up our heritage. Some are simple: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - what a wonderful concept. Independence is such a wonderful gift. I'm glad we have a day to celebrate it. Thanks for an inspiring post.

  2. Hi Sandy--
    A wonderful gift, indeed! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Victoria, loved your post. I, too, get chill bumps when I hear patriotic music. We watched fireworks last night at the beach and the local radio station played patriotic music to go along with the fireworks. Can't imagine watching something like that and not getting emotional!

  4. Hi Fran--
    We're two peas in a pod! Thanks for sharing :-)

  5. Victoria, I spent the 4th among thousands of people in a small town celebrating our freedom and privilege to be Americans. In today's political environment and the divisions being promoted among us, In that small town, I felt that, in our hearts, we are proud and grateful to be Americans, without hyphenations. I sincerely hope we can transcend the effort to divide us.

  6. Hi Leigh--
    How wonderful you got to celebrate such important and precious things with others. In our hearts I think we do want the same things.