This past Sunday was Poland's Independence Day celebration. It was an especially important day because it marked the centennial celebration or 100 years of Polish Independence. I was happy to be in Poland for this historical event. Lębork had a nice celebration and the parade, ceremony, and military exhibition were all very interesting. I also enjoyed seeing the Polish flags flying on many homes. Red and white are not my favorite colors but the two go together very well. It was good to see people celebrating 100 years of independence. A small amount of patriotism is a powerful thing and can be used by a group of people to rally together and change things for the better. I do not think that we should blindly be patriotic but we must each decide what it means to be patriotic and express this in our own way. I think the people of Lębork celebrated their patriotism and Independence Day the right way and I was happy to be a part of it.
Many Americans are much too patriotic. They blindly think that 'America is the best' and this is quite frankly not true. In comparisons with other countries there is only one thing that America has recently ranked first in, and that is that we are the fattest nation on Earth, with the biggest population of obese people. This is of course nothing to be proud of and so many Americans must acknowledge their own faults and realize how they themselves can be better. America and Poland certainly have potential to be great places to live, it is just up to the people who live there to make it so. So, whether you celebrate with fireworks and hot dogs like many American do, or with more solemn parades and ceremonies like here in Lębork, be proud to be independent and free. Poland's history is troubled and although the past 100 years have had its dark moments, I truly believe that the future will be bright and joyous both for Lębork and Poland as a whole.
Born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan David was raised by his parents with his two sisters and brother.