Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Essay Contest: What does Patriotism Look Like?

1st Place:

By Josie Torres

TBE 5th Grade

Period 3 Laudise

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country!” is what Nathan Hale said over 200 years ago. He expressed these powerful words when the British were about to hang him. His words demonstrate his love for our country. He obviously died a patriot and demonstrated what I think patriotism is. Patriotism means love and loyalty to our country.

I have a deep love for my country and my freedom. I am very fortunate that I get to live in a country with rights and freedom for all. Not all countries have equal rights and freedoms. For example, women could not vote in Afghanistan until we helped out. In China you can only have one child. My father entered our country from El Salvador when he was a child. He and his fam­ily were escaping a country where the govern­ment kidnapped and made young boys fight and kill during their civil war. That was not freedom especially for a child. But thankfully he entered California and his life changed forever.

Patriotism is not just a feeling but also a re­sponsibility. Good patriots make this country better, stronger and smarter every day. You can do this by not wasting your time and money on things you do not need but on your education and paying taxes. Don’t break a law or do something that you’ll regret. You can show what you believe by voting. All these show ways that you can be re­sponsible and make this a better country.

There are many symbols that show patriotism, but the one that sticks in my mind is the Statue of Liberty. Lady Liberty represents freedom and we will stay strong as a country. This national monu­ment was given to our country by the French as a sign of friendship and it has stood for 125 years. For immigrants it is a symbol of a new life in a free country. Even today it stands as a symbol of hope and freedom.

I am thankful for my freedom and for people like Nathan Hale and thousands others who died for my liberty. Their sacrifices remind me to ex­press my patriotism by making wise and respon­sible choices for both me and my country.


2nd Place

By Sara Meredith

TBE 5th Grade

Period 2 Laudise

Freedom, bravery, and honor are the words I think of when someone says the word patriotism. Patriotism makes me feel some sadness but it also makes me feel lucky that so many in our country sacrifice their lives to protect us and our freedom. During the 9-11 attacks many people died and many of them were police and firemen trying to protect us. This made me think of all the brave acts that day.

We have symbols to remind us of our days like 9-11 and our key values. The Liberty Bell is a great symbol of our country and reminds me so much of freedom. The Liberty Bell rang when America de­clared itself a country and freedom began. Liberty Bell was rung in Philadelphia and it is now on dis­play there.

A symbol of our country that we experience every school day is the Pledge of Allegiance. The pledge is our daily promise to be loyal to our coun­try. We make the promise to our flag which symbol­izes our country. It has 50 stars for each state and 13 stripes for each of the original colony. When I say the Pledge I remember all of our freedom and loyalty that we have. In the flag red is for victory, white is for purity and blue is for loyalty.

Another very important part of our country is our military. They show so much honor and brav­ery by protecting the United States. The men and women serving in the military risk their lives to protect us. By the military fighting for our country we have safer lives.

Lady Liberty also known as the Statue of Lib­erty is an important symbol of our country. The statue was given to us in 1886. It is located in New York. She is holding a burning torch to represent the light of freedom and in the other hand she has a tablet with the date of July 4, 1776 engraved in it. That was the day the colonies declared its in­dependence. Lady Liberty shows a lot of freedom as she welcomes many immigrants and visitors as they enter America. On the statue’s crown she has seven spikes for the seven continents and the seven seas. At the bottom of Lady Liberty’s stand is a poem that says; “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest tossed, to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” That poem indicates our freedom and we invite anyone into our country no matter what type of person. The statue means a lot about freedom and opportunity.

Freedom, bravery and honor are all examples of patriotism. All of our country’s symbols like the Liberty Bell, the military, the Statue of Liberty and the American flag remind us that we have a pre­cious gift, freedom. Patriotism is important to me because we are lucky to have a free country, people to protect us and symbols to represent it all. We have many great opportunities and freedoms, so show your patriotism, show your spirit of America and be proud to be a part of it.


3rd Place

By Cooper Nettles

TBE 5th Grade

Period 1 Laudise

Patriotism means love, support and defense of our country. We must recognize that people are fighting for our country’s and other country’s freedom. Whenever I see one of the symbols of our country I am filled with patriotic feelings.

When you believe in something you stand up for what you believe in. Right now our coun­try is at war with Iraq. My cousin is fighting for our country. The soldiers in our Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines believe in a America and what stands for that is why they risk their lives to protect our freedom.

America has symbols that stand for our coun­try that we love. One of America’s most famous symbols is the Statue of Liberty. We got Lady Lib­erty in 1886. She was a gift from the French. Ever since they gave her to us we put her up to remind us that we are home of the free. The freedom that she represents is much thicker than her copper coat of 2.4mm. Many people visit her every day because of what she represents.

When America got its freedom we rang the Liberty Bell. The bell cracked and they tried to fix it but it broke again and now they do not ring it. The Liberty Bell is now in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My mom went to Philadelphia a few years ago and saw the bell. I was so excited when she gave me a Liberty Bell shaped pencil sharpener.

Whether is it Statue of Liberty or the Liberty Bell or one of the many patriotic symbols we share we should always remember how fortunate we are. We are lucky because we have brave people like my cousin who are willing to protect us. We are blessed to have our freedom and all the oppor­tunities freedom provides. You should be proud of being American for all we have.

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