Essay winners named

Emily Bialkowski/The Caledonia Argus  The VFW Auxiliary selected Ethan Jacobson, sixth grader at Caledonia Middle School, (left) and Sam Barthel, eighth grader at Caledonia Middle School, as winners of the 2013 Patriot’s Pen essay contest. The students were asked “What patriotism means to me,” and the winning essays are published here.

Emily Bialkowski/The Caledonia Argus
The VFW Auxiliary selected Ethan Jacobson, sixth grader at Caledonia Middle School, (left) and Sam Barthel, eighth grader at Caledonia Middle School, as winners of the 2013 Patriot’s Pen essay contest. The students were asked “What patriotism means to me,” and the winning essays are published here.

What Patriotism means to me

 

By Sam Barthel

Sue Link’s eighth grade English class

 

When most people think about patriotism, they think it means fighting for our country, which it could be for some people. It all depends on who you’re asking. But there are many others also, like honoring our flag, helping people and our Army vets. To me these all mean patriotism.

For some people, honoring the flag is patriotism. To honor the flag for me is standing during the National Anthem, to show you care about our nation. Another is taking off your hat to show respect during the National Anthem. Another is putting your hand over your heart to show you love this country. Another way to honor our flag is to know all the rules on how to put up and take down the flag, how to dispose of it, and it should be lighted up at night. These are the ways I think we should honor our flag.

Another way to show patriotism is helping the elderly around your neighborhood. You could help do chores without getting paid, or even just help them cross the street. You could also volunteer to help at a food drive or help cook for the poor and homeless. This is patriotism to some people including me.

The last thing that I think patriotism is representing the people who fight for our country. This is probably the biggest patriotism. But you don’t have to go out and fight in wars. You can be a nurse, to help all the wounded or a surgeon to help operate on all the seriously hurt soldiers. You could even just be a supporter. Giving money to help the Army or just giving a soldier something to hope to come back to see, or giving a hug. You don’t need to be an adult either Yes! Kids give the gift of love and hope to their mom and dad who is at war. Telling them every time they get the chance, that they should come home and that is enough for the soldier to keep fighting until he or she can come home.

These are all the things that I think are patriotism and many other people do too. But these are not all of them. There are many others that are just important!

 

What Patriotism means to me

 

By Ethan Jacobson

Janelle Field Rohrer’s sixth grade English class

 

Patriotism, what does it mean, it can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. When you look up the definition of patriotism this is what you will find: devotion to one’s country and willingness to sacrifice for one’s country. To me patriotism means loving your country, serving your country, and supporting your country. When I was younger I probably thought that patriotism was waving a small American Flag during the 4th of July Parade, or shaking the hand of the man on stilts with American Flag striped pants that walked the parade each year. I now know that it goes a little deeper than that. Yet I still don’t totally understand patriotism. As I grow older my patriotism may lead me to vote for what I believe in and possibly even serve my country.

I did a little research on patriotism and learned a few interesting things. The Washington Monument, D.C. is the most popular historic site followed by Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, Boston. Knoxville, Tennessee is the most patriotic city in the United State followed by Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Americans are the most patriotic people. We are prouder of our country than any other people in the world. I found this quote “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy.

Americans have lots of freedom, and with this freedom Americans have the freedom of speech, with this freedom everyone is equal. We have freedoms that bring us together as a country. That just might be why we are the most patriotic country in the world.

Doing this essay I learned that patriotism can mean a lot more that I ever imagined. I now know that patriotism is in everyone’s hearts. Sometimes it can lead us to something else, maybe even a better future.

 

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