Students’ essays on freedom win VFW awards

What Freedom Means To Me

By Genna Hoitt

A tall, worn flag stands proud against the nearby men, fighting for their country, their freedom, and their lives. Freedom is not just found in the agonized hearts of America’s soldiers as they pray to come home alive; honoring our country with the ultimate gift, but is found in every aspect of life. Freedom is the way the world laughs, rejoicing that there is such a place like the United States of America. On a deeper level, freedom to me is not a tangible thing, but an indefinable way to live your life.

In other words, freedom is gratitude, morality, and love all bundled up.  For me, freedom has a more personal connection. Seeing how proud veterans are of their country as they fight for their freedom inspired me. I started appreciating how I can live in a place where making everyday decisions is up to me. This to me is what freedom means; its equality and differences coexisting peacefully.  It’s living in a world where everyone, no matter what race, religion, or gender you are, you can sit together as one and proudly say,” I am free.” However, freedom must also be achieved at some point in time and in this way it’s a gift.

Freedom also is a characteristic everyone desires to have. However, it’s not getting to do whatever someone wants. For instance, a man cannot commit murder because he felt like it. Based on this, I can also say that freedom to me is pursing your own happiness without causing others intentional harm. To truly be free I believe that people have to be responsible with said freedom.

In conclusion, freedom to me means many things. It can range from making everyday life choices, to being a thing to strive for in your life, or a way to live your life. Freedom is an astounding gift that I and everyone else should be thankful for and should be cherished.

Photo (left to right) Jillian Helton, Genna Hoitt, Hailey Ward Gulf Breeze Middle School Students Jillian Helton (Second Place), Genna Hoitt (First Place) and Hailey Ward (Third Place) were the winners of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4407 Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest.

Photo (left to right) Jillian Helton, Genna Hoitt, Hailey Ward
Gulf Breeze Middle School Students Jillian Helton (Second Place), Genna Hoitt (First Place) and Hailey Ward (Third Place) were the winners of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4407 Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest.

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