There are various ways the government shows or has shown our patriotism. When we became independent, other countries tried to push us around. Spain, France, and Great Britain did a variety of things such as interfering with our trade, encouraging Native American attacks on us, and not leaving our land. We stood up to those countries in each instance. In most cases we negotiated treaties to resolve these issues. While Washington was President, he didn’t think we should be pushed around, but he also knew going to war was a bad idea. However, when British interference with our trade continued in the early 1800s, we did go to war against Great Britain in the War of 1812 while Madison was President. When the countries that supported the actions of the North African pirates threatening our trade by demanding tribute from us, we were willing to spend a lot of money for defense but none for paying bribes. Thus, the government showed our patriotism by standing up for our rights.
In World War I and World War II, the government encouraged patriotism by designed patriotic posters designed to gain financial support for the war. These posters also encouraged Americans to join the military, to conserve food, and to be careful about what they said in public about the war effort.
There are some ceremonial events that show our patriotism. The government puts on very patriotic concerts in Washington, D.C. on the eve of Memorial Day and on July 4th. There are ceremonies honoring our veterans on Veterans Day and on Memorial Day. We see American flags in all government buildings and at major memorial sites. There are many things the government has done and still does to show our patriotism.