To this, I would newly add the assertion that from a historical perspective, the nation is a specifically European phenomenon, and one of the main reasons for this is that it originally took shape (and to the present day still exists) in two interrelated senses - or in other terms, on two interrelated levels: on the level of a large social community that exists in reality (it is a ‘sociological fact') and on the level of an abstract community of (shared) cultural values, i.e. as a specific cultural construct.
But her patriotism would be at work in a concern that her country be guided by these moral principles and values which is more sustained and more deeply felt than her concern that these principles and values should be put into practice generally. You may also get the flag tattoo inked in a style that is a combination of your country's flag with another national symbol or with backgrounds of other designs.
True patriotism is reflected in the way of life of most Americans. Not quite so exotic, an American born of a German father and a French mother, may find herself divided in her allegiance vis-a-vis her polyglot cultural heritage and her American citizenship.
Speaking with POLITICO, Belgian Finance Minister Alexander De Croo was quick to warn of intra-European moves towards economic nationalism. Closely examined, patriotism itself effectively demonstrates the impossibility of love of country. And the fiction is that we've chosen to be Americans.
Under this view, Lafayette was devoted to the ideals of political liberty that underlay the American Revolution, but was not specifically patriotic for America. Originally called Armistice Day, November 11 officially became a holiday in the United States in 1926, and a national holiday 12 years later.