As the nation observes the 246th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, we will often hear mention of patriots and patriotism. But just what does it mean to be a patriot? The dictionary defines the term as “a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.” That definition clearly fits many people who Americans hold dear in their hearts.
Some of America’s very first patriots were those who put their signatures to that revered declaration. We swell with pride for this country when hearing these stirring words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”