Land of the Free, Home of the Brave: Photo Essay Final Draft

At first, I was unsure of what to choose as my topic for this assignment, until I drove past a house with an American flag outside of it, and that’s when it hit me. I thought of American flags as a symbol of patriotism – showing love and support for the country we live and thrive in today. Patriotism is defined as the cultural attachment to one’s homeland or devotion to one’s country. America has faced a number of wars including two world wars, terrorist attacks that took of the lives of innocent people, assassinations of government officials, and nuclear bomb scares. Through all the life-threatening, scary events American citizens have been exposed to, we still show support to our country. We are proud that our country has gone through so much, and remains one of the dominating countries in the world today. By raising flags outside of houses, schools, and other places display the love and gratefulness we have for America.

I feel like people take for granted how lucky we are to live in a country that grants us our rights and freedom – freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the right to vote, the right to bare arms, the freedom and right to do pretty much anything that is not illegal. However, other countries aren’t so lucky, and their government limits what they can and cannot do, especially for women in particular. There are some countries that live in extreme poverty, where most families live in tiny huts and their water and food supply is very low. Countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq see violence almost every day, and wake up most mornings fearing for their lives. Displaying pride for our country also shows support to the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to ensure our safety and freedom. While they are overseas or stationed at a different location, it’s important that we show appreciation for all that they do.

Some people may look at flags and not even give it a second glance, or even think anything of it. However, my photo essay will make you think differently.

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