Def­i­n­i­tions of Amer­ican patri­o­tism are as diverse as Americans.

Polit­ical philoso­pher and North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fessor Stephen Nathanson explores the sub­ject in his book “Patri­o­tism, Morality, and Peace.” He writes that patri­o­tism is gen­er­ally char­ac­ter­ized by “spe­cial affec­tion for one’s own country; a sense of per­sonal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with the country; spe­cial con­cern for the well-​​being of the country; and will­ing­ness to sac­ri­fice to pro­mote the country’s good.”

As the nation reflects and cel­e­brates Inde­pen­dence Day, CNN asked four Amer­i­cans from dif­ferent walks of life their def­i­n­i­tion of patri­o­tism, and how it is reflected in their daily lives.

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