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'National Review' Writer And Former Service Member On Defining Patriotism


Of course, it's Memorial Day weekend. And throughout today's show, we're hearing from various people on what patriotism means to them. David French, a former major in the U.S. Army Reserve and now a staff writer with National Review, says that, for him, patriotism is more than just loving your country.

DAVID FRENCH: To me, patriotism is encompassed and defined by the Declaration of Independence and this notion and the idea that we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights - among them, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - and that the very purpose of our government is to secure those liberties. This is the idea - the American idea - that unites a multiethnic, multifaith, continent-sized democracy that is unique in human history.

SIMON: David French, senior writer for National Review, he earned a Bronze Star for her service in Iraq. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.