As I mentioned previously, I take patriotism to be a virtue that is opposed to any sort of idolatrous nationalism that exalts one’s nation above all others. I think a robust patriotism appreciates national patrimony but also includes maintaining a critical perspective of national history. I also think that U.S. holidays designated to celebrate, among other things, wars can be properly or improperly commemorated depending on how sober one’s look at history is.
That said, I re-present a video I made to celebrate the National Day of Prayer in the U.S., which was viewed by faculty, staff and students of the school at which I work. Happy Fourth of July to all Americans, and, more importantly happy Feast Day of St. Elizabeth of Portugal, the patroness of peacemakers, to all Catholics and citizens of the City of God.