Vermonters are proud to be from Vermont, but we are also honored by what our small state contributes to our country. We know that Independence Day is much more than fireworks, and here are just a few reasons why Vermont may be the most patriotic state in the country.
1. We don't forget.
Shown are Civil War Reenactors who are mustering the troops in Orwell. Civil War Reenactors are "dedicated to the brave souls, North and South, who fought in the war between the states."
2. We know how to celebrate the 4th of July.
Just look at this car pictured from a 4th of July parade in Warren!
3. We preserve historic homes.
This is the General John Strong Mansion in Addison, which is still the headquarters for the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
4. We are thankful for our troops.
Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets U.S. Army Spc. Dennis Morgan Jr. and Autumn Gustausen during a departure ceremony for Vermont National Guard members in Burlington, Jan. 8, 2010.
5. We know the importance of a flag.
The Bennington Flag: Used in the Battle of Bennington, August 16, 1777, by Vermont militia. This flag is the first to lead American armed forces on land. The original is preserved in the museum at Bennington.
6. We value our Vermont Veterans.
This quiet and powerful display located in a visitor's building off I-91 displays memorials to Vermonters who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
7. We respect and revere historical events.
This monument commemorates "The Battle of Bennington" which took place in 1777.
8. Vermont can boast not one...
9. But TWO Presidents of the United States.
Both Calvin Coolidge and Chester Arthur were U.S. Presidents.
10. We always remember.
Pictured is the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton, Vermont.
11. We volunteer to keep our communities safe.
From firefighters to police, we know the importance of helping others.
12. We may not have billboards.
But we acknowledge historical events for everyone to see and remember.