Marianna, I visited Almaty,Kazakhstan, some years ago on my visit to Central Asia. I enjoyed meeting students in most of the countries we visited, because of the friendliness and courtesies extended to us "seniors" during our visits.
From my POV, American patriotism has many different aspects with varying degrees of participation. I'm now 76 years old, and have lived as an "American" for the duration. Our grandfather immigrated to the US from Japan in 1893, and had a rather large family.
I volunteered into the USAF in my early twenties, and served for four years working with nuclear weapons with the Strategic Air Command. I attended college "late" and earned my BS degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting at the age of 32. I was lucky, and worked in management positions for 26 of the 30 years I worked after I earned my degree.
I have voted in every election since I was 21 years old. I have written to my congress members and the president of our country on several occasions.
I also volunteered as a member of the Santa Clara County Grand Jury for the 2003-2004 term. We produced the most reports of any Grand Jury up to that time. I also served as a jury member in a rape-murder trial that was three months long, and the second longest in Santa Clara County.
My wife and I raised two boys, and they have performed above average in school. Our older son graduated summa cum laude, and our younger son graduated cum laude. My two brothers served in the US military, and my younger brother served two terms in the state capital as a member of the legislature. He also served as mayor of his town.
Most of our children are in the professions, and are doing very well.
I have traveled extensively around the world having visited over 160 countries with many repeats to Europe. If you are interested, you can visit my travel blogs at travelpod.com. Look for me as c.i.222. I have friends all over the world including Russia, Germany, England, Singapore, Tanzania, Italy, Malaysia, Canada, Bhutan, and all over the US.
I believe we are good examples of American patriots.