Sunday, February 21, 2010

VFW Patriot's Pen Essay

One of our cardmakers sent a link to this essay from a student in her hometown....this the national winner in the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen essay contest by Abigail in Mesquite NV; the essay was originally posted here....if you want to leave a comment she's sure to read, go leave her a comment there. You can also read more of her story here....this is one amazing young lady! She'll get to travel to D.C. in March for a week of visiting the White House and Capitol, and have a chance to read her essay. Way to go Abbie!

When is the right time to honor our military heroes?
The last few days I’ve thought about the many freedoms I enjoy as an American citizen. I’ve considered the sacrifices our service men and women have made to preserve those freedoms. When is the time to honor them? Every time I exercise the freedoms they fight for, every time I feel the security so many have died for, that’s the time!

When I see the symbolic colors of red, white, and blue on an American flag, that’s the time! When I see the 50 white stars I think of our freedom. When I see the red and white stripes, I think of the 13 original colonies, and the very beginnings of our wonderful country. Whenever I see our American flag, I appreciate and honor my military heroes.

Every time I exercise my freedom of speech, that’s the time! I know that I can say what I believe. Even if you disagree, I’m defended in my right to say it. I’m so thankful that I can express myself through my words, and not worry if someone disagrees, because that is a freedom my military heroes fight for every day.

Every time I contemplate that I have a roof over my head and a meal each night, that’s the time! I’m thankful that my parents have the freedoms to get a good education and a job, so they can earn a living to support my family. I know that without my military heroes, my parents and I might never have had the opportunity to get a good education.

Every time I realize that my potential is only limited by the size of my dreams, that’s the time! I know that in America, I can be anything I want to be! I know that if I work hard, study hard, and never give up, I will someday be that person. All thanks to my military heroes who defend my freedom each day.

Lastly, every time I get on my knees and pray to my Heavenly Father, that’s the time. I thank him for our country, and the freedom we share. I thank him for giving strength to our service men and women, and to the families of those soldiers. I ask him to help our president make wise decisions that will keep our country safe, strong, and secure.

That’s the time, now’s the time, there is always time to honor our military heroes.
Abigail Barnard is an eighth-grade student at Charles M. Hughes Middle School.

The theme for the 2010-2011 essay: Does patriotism still matter? If you know a 6th, 7th, or 8th grader who would like to enter the contest, click here for details!


Rhonda Miller said...


Anonymous said...

Way to go Abigail! That really makes you stop and think about what a wonderful life we have here in the U.S.A.!