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Greetings Compatriots,

This month my message is about Americanism as our country once again faces issues crucial such as immigration, the 2nd amendment and the adherence to law. Americanism is defined by some as a set of American patriotic values aimed at creating a collective American identity and can be defined by “an articulation of the nation’s rightful place in the world, a set of traditions, history, and a cultural style imbued with political meaning”. Teddy Roosevelt said that Americanism is a question of spirit, conviction and purpose, not of creed or birthplace. The SAR has a committee about Americanism and works to recognize groups or individuals who demonstrate American qualities. Americanism I believe is a cultural trait that expresses itself in a nation of freedom, equality, opportunity and sacrifice. However, keeping our freedom takes constant effort. By belonging to groups such as the SAR, DAR, American Legion, we further the cause of Americanism through those efforts because the end results are opportunities to live as we choose and pursue opportunities and dreams without restrictions. No other country offers these freedoms and efforts to stay free despite contrary forces within and without are the foundation of the Americans the SAR stands for.

In Compatriotism,
Richard Bent

Updated 16 March 2018 [top]