Read a summary of Independence Day to internalize a deeper commemoration

As we celebrate Independence Day, remember appreciation of Veterans and families, including those since 1776, and share with others the national history that:

America’s Veterans Day was born in Birmingham and Advanced in Alabama.

To share more with a teacher or another patriot, they can read about how Veterans Day started and the summary of Independence Day by reading online or getting the book:

Get the book Patriotism in Action with a guide about patriotic holidays and traditions

The United States celebrates annually the Declaration of
Independence as a free nation on July 4, 1776. We recognize
that day as the official time American Democracy was born.

Read more highlights about Independence Day

Jeopardy TV: Father of Veterans Day

Two organizations known for vetting before they honor someone or use in a broadcast–the Reagan White House and the Jeopardy Television program, both, call Raymond Weeks of Birmingham the “Father of Veterans Day.”

You can see the clip (1 minute) and/or or pass to a teacher or journalist:

To see more:

Tribute to the Founder of Veterans Day

Veterans Day Founding Education

Patriotism in Action book and program

Freedom to Flourish

November is a good month to give thanks to veterans and their families for service that often includes extra sacrifice to preserve freedoms of Liberty and Rights. Millions of students can benefit from knowing national history of how and why Veterans Day started connected to character traits like Patriotism, Courage, Perseverance, and Freedom.

Make Memorial Day More Meaningful by Taking Action

 Memorial Day 2012 ALNC

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, has been commemorated in America since 1868. Before that, there is evidence of decorating graves of Civil War dead and loved ones. Source: Patriotism in Action, page 110 (

Meaning and Mission for us after Memorial Day

When you paused to remember on Memorial Day, what did you think? Did you remember the sacrifices of our military? Did you think of loved ones? Did you think of any who died young? Virtually all who died in combat died young.

I recommend pausing to listen and write what inspiration or advice a loved one who died young might have for you. Do you hear encouragement to plan for a better life? To live with more commitment or courage?

Recently, I traveled 5,000 miles to re-adopt a horse after one of the owners contracted Parkinson’s Disease. Logically, someone else closer to the horse could have taken her though for several reasons I needed to make the trip. Something deep inside was stirring, and I needed for “calling” to win over “logical thinking.” My friend and co-founder of Life Leaders helped me make the decision, even though Johnny died young in 2001. Thinking of him and my grandfather reminded me that we should “go for it” with callings because we may have limited time.

When you think of a friend or loved one who has passed, what inspired action comes to mind to start today? A bucket list goal? A reminder to live with courage?

On Memorial Day, did you feel appreciation for our military? Because of the Freedom of Liberty provided for us, are we taking action to make those sacrifices count? Because we won WWII, we in America were able to have a Civil Rights Movement, with more sacrifice. Now that we have Freedom of Liberty and Rights, are we honoring our Freedom to Flourish at our own callings to be and to serve? If you want to honor those who died for our freedoms, I suggest developing your Plan for Life and Best-Self Leadership. Outlining what is important to you and what you should do can add inspiration and focus. Outlining how you do your best can improve the process of how you live and likely will improve actions and results.

Many military and civilians who died young would wish for our opportunity to identify callings and pursue them as well as develop our character and competence. What will we do to honor the memory of those who made it possible?

Patriotism In Action

Meaning of Patriotism in Action

Patriotism: Love and loyal support of one’s country.

Patriotism in Action: a mindset that expects we will do what we can—great or small—to “be, know, and do” as our best-selves so we have more to give to our families, professions, and country.

Like “active faith,” Patriotism in Action can include though extends beyond singing and remembrance; people are good stewards of their capacities to serve. Yes, we encourage displays of flags and mementoes. We are glad when people feel “the spirit of Old Glory” in their veins. We like memorials as well as parades. Yet, we also believe a true patriot demonstrates the spirit of true professionalism to prepare for and do one’s duty plus to prepare for the call to serve in higher or different ways.

The annual Patriotism in Action Tribute to the Founder of National Veterans Day takes place November 10, 4:30-5, in Birmingham’s Linn Park (across from City Hall and Boutwell Auditorium). Chairman: Col. Bob Barefield (USA Ret); Emcee: Dr. David Dyson; Speaker: Mayor William Bell.

Source: Patriotism In Action (Dyson and Dunn),