Nearly all Americans think of themselves as patriots

And they're right

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The Founding Fathers wanted us to pursue whatever it is that brings us happiness, and on this July 4th — the one day that brings right and left, Republican and Democrat, old and young, rich and poor, black and white together to celebrate our independence, we put aside our differences to share the one thing that in the end, we have in common: a love of country.

Love of country manifests itself in ways big and small. The biggest example of patriotism, of course, is the brave men and women who wear our country's uniform and risk their lives so that we can be free. So far this year, 72 Americans have given their lives in Afghanistan, the longest war in our history. As we lay by the pool, pop open a cold beer, and watch fireworks, let's remember those who, as Abraham Lincoln said at Gettysburg, "gave the last full measure of devotion," and pledge to their memories "that these dead shall not have died in vain." It will be a difficult day for their families and we honor them too.

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