As Independence Day approaches and folks break out the fireworks and the flags, the Missourian asks that you ponder a simple but fascinating question:
What does patriotism mean to you?
Webster's New World Collegiate Dictionary takes a shot. Patriotism, it says, means "love and loyal or zealous support of one's country."
We have a hunch in our newsroom that it's more complicated than that. Patriotism undoubtedly means different things to different people. So, we're curious what you think. If you can, please send a quick note describing for us and our readers what patriotism means in your world. We'd love to include your voice.