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How do Americans define patriotism?

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Americans define patriotism as the "reasons" we love this country.

But their thoughts are just as diverse as the faces that make up the USA.

“My grandfather came to this country for opportunity. he came here for freedom and to see his family grow” one man told us.

“There are so many meanings to it. Freedom, opportunity, just a chance to purse your American dream” another man said.

While personal and unwavering many feel that patriotism has also "evolved" over the years.

From the 100 percent "stand behind your country" of World War 2, to the patriotic "divide" produced by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Carl Higbie is a decorated former Navy Seal who did 2 full tours in Iraq.

Higbie respects "all" views of patriotism...as long as it's not critical of the men and women who put their lives on the line to simply protect "America."

“We don't do it for ourselves. We do it for the greater good” Higbie said. “And there are service members on both sides of the political aisle and i would take a bullet for either one just as i would for the next guy.”

And few will "disagree" that at the heart of patriotism is "pride"....pride in a country unafraid and unashamed to let freedom "ring"

“When I hear let freedom ring, I hear the sound of the Blue Angels over a stadium on the 4th of July” Higbie said. “I see the uniting of Americans and all Americans to say let's make this a better place for everyone.”

Happy birthday America!

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