The following students have been chosen as the essay winners for Grundy County High School’s 2019 Veterans Day essay contest.
Many people know that a veteran is a person who has served in a military force, but to me, a veteran is a lot more than that. A veteran is a person with a caring spirit, a brave heart, and a courageous mind. A veteran is someone who is willing to risk everything to keep the United States of America safe.
If it weren’t for the veterans, our lives would be drastically different. Veterans and all soldiers give me a feeling of security. Knowing that I have people who, of their own free will, are dying and risking their lives every day to protect our country. It amazes me how much courage veterans and soldiers have and that they are able to fight and protect our country and each one of its citizens. Veterans show the world how great and strong the United States of America is.
Veterans make sacrifices every day in order to fight for what they believe in. They protect and die for our personal freedoms and the freedoms of our country. Without veterans’ protection, we would not be able to have the rights that we have today, such as freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, and other constitutional rights. The veterans help keep the United States of America the best country on earth to live in and make it possible to guarantee freedoms to all people.
Because of our veterans we live in peace today. Our nation and our way of life have rested upon the shoulders of our veterans, who every night when we lay down to sleep, stand guard in defense of our freedom. We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to those who have served and those currently standing in harm’s way. We must remember their sacrifice and keep our promise to our veterans by giving them the recognition they deserve. We celebrate Veterans Day to show our veterans how grateful we are for their sacrifices and bravery.
Veterans are all around us in everyday life. They may just look like ordinary people on the outside, but on the inside they are powerful who have devoted their lives to securing the freedoms of others. Whether they are a family member or a stranger, they have fought for us. They have cared so deeply about our lives, freedoms, and the freedom of the country that they were willing to die for us. When I see a veteran and think about all that they have done for us, I get an extreme sense of pride for all of our armed forces. I am grateful to live in a country that inspires such heroism.
When you go throughout your day, do you take a count of how many freedoms and rights you are using? Most of us don’t, because we have been accustomed to waking up with these rights without having to do anything to achieve them. You have veterans to thank for this. Although our founding fathers created our rights, soldiers throughout various wars have fought to protect and preserve our rights that we may take for granted at times. Veterans keep our freedoms that we consider to be a fundamental part of our country from the fate of being just hopes and dreams our founding fathers had wanted for our country. They make these rights a common and substantial part of our lives years after they were created.
The majority of people are very thankful and appreciative of veterans, as we all should be. When we hear people talk about how Veterans Day is significant for them, we hear stories about their ancestors and family members fighting and some sadly dying in these wars. We individuals who may not know anyone who fought or who is fighting in these wars may feel as though we aren’t as connected to the significance of Veterans Day as we could be, which is far from correct. Throughout history to current day, there are people you don’t even know the names of allowing you to practice your religion freely, speak on your opinions, have a right to bear arms, and so many more things in our daily lives that we know we’re allowed to do, but sometimes neglect to think of who granted us the prerogative to do these things.
Veterans Day is a time we can appreciate veterans, and thank them for the rights they allow us to have. Veterans are a key part of our country, as they protect the rights, values, and freedoms that we cherish deeply. Every time you use one of your freedoms granted to you, keep in mind the many people that have fought and are still fighting for you to use them. The United States wouldn’t be as great as it is without our veterans, so they deserve a day and many more for all of us to express our thanks and honor for them.
Since the beginning of our great nation, there has always been sacrifice. Not everyone makes the ultimate sacrifice, but those who have and continue to do so have created the land we now call home. As stated in the New King James Version Bible, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay his life down for his friends.” Veterans laid down their life for many they had never met in their lives. Their love encompassed a simple sacrifice, they made the ultimate sacrifice. Our veterans of today and yesterday have made it possible to live in a land where you can be anything you want to be. Veterans Day is a day we remember those who made that ultimate sacrifice in laying down their life for our country and its citizens.
A normal individual in this country may wake up in the morning, carry out their usual routine and head to work or school. An American troop may or may not wake up to see morning because they are in some foreign land fighting for their lives and ultimately their country’s freedom. An American Veteran carries the scars of the many battles won in their country’s favor, and they do not regret a single one. Every scar tells a story of how they saved their lives and a million others. The ultimate sacrifice made it possible for american citizens to go to the church of their choice, go to school where their hearts desire, and work in a career of their choice. Veterans Day is about the United States taking time out of the day to be thankful for the sacrifices that made it possible for them to be where they are today.
Citizens of this nation remember those who never came home on Veterans Day and every day, those who died painfully but pridefully a martyr for the United States of America. Veterans Day helps many Americans come to the realization that the free life they live in came with a price, one which was paid in full by many United States Veterans we come in contact with every day. Veterans Day helps U.S. citizens realize they may be different in many ways but have at least one thing in common. They are all Americans. Veterans Day is a day U.S. citizens come together in order to remember all sacrifices made in the name of freedom.
Veterans Day means having the freedom to hold one hand over your heart at a sports game while listening to someone perform the national anthem. “O’r the land of the free and the home of the brave.” U.S. veterans are the brave that is spoken of in the National Anthem. Because of the bravery and sacrifice of each individual veteran and U.S. troop we can recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day at school. Because of the bravery of U.S. Veterans, we as U.S. citizens can live the American Dream. To U.S. citizens, Veterans Day is a day to give homage and gratitude to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.