An example of how people do not make an effort towards their country is by not knowing and not saying the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge is an important part of America that should be taught and known by all. Unfortunately, many children do not know what the Pledge of Allegiance is and can not recite it if asked to, and many adults do not say it anymore. Some people do not say it at school for religious reasons, which is understandable, but I also think many do not say it at school because they would rather sit down and be on their phones. At least that is what I see at OPRF. Part of this problem is the Pledge is not talked about or seen as a big deal. I think knowing and saying the pledge when you can, can instill respect for your country and a patriotic spirit that this country needs.
Another issue that I want to bring up is the amount of flags that are put out on National holidays. I can maybe count an average of two flags per block on Memorial day for example. A great way to show your pride is by putting out your flag, it is that easy.
I know that we are in a unique time politically and socially and things are not how they were sixty years ago, but I think that if we want a united country, we should act as though we are one and show respect to our beautiful nation.