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Monday, February 16, 2009

What does Freedom mean to you?

The Brainerd Elks Lodge Americanism essay contest "What Freedom Means To Me" was recently held in area fifth through eighth grades.
Below is the website where you can find other essays. I posted Miss Iverson’s essay here. http://www.brainerddispatch.com/stories/021109/nei_20090211001.shtml
By Abigail Iverson Grade 8, Forestview Middle School
"For the land of the free and the home of the brave." The words of our national anthem describe America as only our founding fathers could. But do we know what freedom really means? America is known around the world as a safe haven against famine, persecution, suffering. The Statue of Liberty greeted our ancestors as they neared their future, reminding them of the promise I freedom.
Freedom means the ability to make decisions. In America, we have the freedom to choose our leaders, jobs, education, lifestyle, future, and it doesn't stop there. Simple day-to-day decisions we don't even think about are refused to others around the world. Freedom to run, laugh, play. Freedom to live.
Freedom means not only being able to dream, but having the ability to turn your dreams into reality. In America we have the privilege to follow our dreams and do the impossible. In less than 100 years, our country has gone from segregation to our first African American president. One man's dreams have become a symbol of change and hope for many.
America is truly the land of the free. The spirit of freedom wrote our Constitution, set us free from the British and shaped our country into the democracy it is today. Freedom is the heart of America. It makes us who we are. I am proud to live in America, the land of the free and the home of the brave. Freedom for one and all, for the sick, hurt, suffering, hopeful I freedom.

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