What Freedom Means To Me

Anna F., Grade 6

Centreville Middle School


Prize Winning Essay for the Americanism Essay Contest, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 21

To me, freedom means each moment, of each day, of every year, I can do
all things, or at least try all things that I desire.  To me, freedom
means being able to show sadness, happiness, and anger in public.  To
me, freedom means feeling safe, confident and secure in my country. 
Freedom is being able to have a voice and to let it be heard.  To me,
freedom means having the right to make my own decisions and choices. 
Freedom allows me to pray to and worship the God of heaven.  Freedom
allows me to love and hate.  Freedom allows me to buy, own and sell. 
It allows me to come and to go places.  Freedom allows me to obtain the
things I want and discard the things I don't.  Freedom is waking up in
the morning with sunshine even when the suns rays aren't penetrating
through the clouds.  Because of freedom I can dream of being the
President of the
United States one day or the mother of many children,
unlike others in different countries.  Freedom is possible for me and
everyone in the
United States of America because of our countrymen and
women who have and still are sacrificing, bleeding and dying for it.  I
realize that my freedom came with a great price.  For all the men and
women who fought for my freedom I do greatly appreciate you and what
you have sacrificed for me and the people of this great nation.  To me, freedom is a promise that I can live my life.

April, 2006