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VFW Essay Contest winners named

Batesburg-Leesville, SC - Three seventh grade students from B-L Middle School have been named as the VFW Essay Contest Winners for 2017. Audrey Childers, daughter of Todd and Hope Childers, won first place. Isabella Parkman, daughter of Brian and Ingrid Parkman, won second place. Maggie Childers, also the daughter of Todd and Hope Childers, took the third place spot. This year, students had to write on the topic of “America’s Gift To My Generation.” The essays were judged by a group of Lexington Three administrators and teachers. The winning essay written by Audrey Childers follows:

America’s Gift To My Generation

Francis Scott Key once stated in the poem which became our national anthem that our country was “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Have you ever thought about all the freedoms we have and how brave we are to fight for those freedoms? There are many gifts in my generation, and it is hard to pick just one. So I choose freedom, justice, and protection.

My generation has many freedoms. Our freedoms were first granted in the First Amendment. The First Amendment, including the rest of the Bill Of Rights, was adopted in the U.S on December 15, 1791. Some freedoms my generation has are freedom of religion, speech, and press. The freedom of religion lets everyone practice their religion at any time or place. The freedoms of speech and press are frequently used in my generation. I feel like this freedom is important because people should be able to express their opinion, but you should do it at the right time and place. George Washington once said, “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

Another gift in my generation is justice. You may be wondering what is justice? Justice is giving someone or something rights. Some examples of justice are giving women the right to vote and giving African Americans equal rights. I could not imagine my generation without justice. We have African Americans and whites going to school together and having equal rights but 60 years ago that was not the case. We are very lucky to have the justice we do.

In the U.S our protection is very strong. Being a granddaughter of a veteran, I’m very appreciative of all our military. We have about 1.4 million people fighting for our rights and putting their lives on the line for use to live freely. If it was not for them, we would not have all these rights and freedoms we have today. Sigmund Freud once said “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as a father’s protection.” My generation are so lucky for what our fathers have done for us.

My generation has inherited many gifts, and I appreciate all we have. America is definitely “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

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