Local Youth Write About Pride in America

Editorial Comments

by Young Patriots

(Editor’s Note: Each year Clatskanie’s Unit 68 of the American Legion Auxiliary sponsors an Americanism essay contest for local students in five different age level divisions from third through 12th grade.

This year, there were four first place winners and three second place winners named from Clatskanie entries, as judged by the statewide Legion Auxiliary chair person for the contest. The first place winners will be entered into statewide competition.

The local winners are pictured elsewhere in this issue, and we are devoting this week’s “Trident” column to their essays on the topic of “Pride in America.” – DSH)


Pride in America

Class I (Grades 3 & 4)

First Place

by Emmalia Lever

There are many ways to show American pride. There are things people can do, things they can be thankful for and things they can say. It’s easiest for me to show my pride by remembering to be thankful.

Celebrating the 4th of July is probably the most popular way to show pride in America’s independence. One of my favorite things about the 4th is our family barbeque. I love playing with my cousins and the delicious food. Imagine a warm hamburger right off the grill with all your favorite toppings. I also enjoy the parade, the fair and fireworks.

Other ways to show pride is to sing patriotic songs, say the “Pledge of Allegiance” once a week, and flying the American flag. My favorite patriotic songs are “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful”. I think it would be nice if every class said the Pledge daily to remind us to be thankful for our freedom.

My Grandpa and Great Grandpas showed their ultimate pride when they served during the wars. We must honor and remember those that have risked or given their lives so that we can be free. Veterans Day is a special day to honor these people. I hope there is not another war.

These are just a few ways that I show my pride. My family and I also pick up garbage along the ditches. This is my way of keeping America clean. I am proud to be an American! God bless America!


How Can I Show My Pride in Being an American?

Class I (Grades 3 & 4)

Second Place

by Iolaus Krotzer

I can show my pride for being an American by going to church and reading the Bible at church, at the park, at school, and in the store. I also have the freedom to support a missionary by sending them money, clothes, and other supplies.

I have learned what the red, white, and blue means. The red and white stripes stand for the 13 colonies. The red is for the soldier’s blood that was shed for our country.

I am thankful for a free country. I can teach others the Pledge of Allegiance who do not know it. I can put my right hand over my heart and take my hat off. I can tell others what the Pledge of Allegiance means. I like to say the Pledge of Allegiance everyday at school. When the big army trucks came by the school we all waved. I am proud of being an American and I always will be.


American Pride

Class II (Grades 5 & 6)

First Place

by Kyler Tjaarda

There are a lot of ways to show your pride for being an American.

One way to show your pride is by singing the National Anthem and saying the Pledge of Allegiance. You can show pride while singing the song or saying the pledge by taking off your hat, standing, and putting your hand over your heart. You can also show pride for this by knowing what the song and pledge actually mean. You can show pride by singing the songs or saying the Pledge of Allegiance at school, assemblies, and sports games.

Another way to show pride for being an American is supporting the U.S. troops. One way to do this is to send things to them, like letters, packages, and other things. Also you can support them by praying for them.  You can support them by helping their families while they work in other countries to help keep our country safe. You can show your pride by thanking veterans. We have the freedoms we have today because the veterans fought for us in the past. Supporting troops is a great way to show your pride for being an American.

You can show pride for being an American by obeying the laws. One thing that the laws do is keep everyone safer. The laws also have you respect people and their belongings. Also if you don’t agree with the laws you have the right to stand up against the laws that you don’t agree with. Obeying the laws is something great to take pride in.

There are a lot of great ways to show your pride for being an American.


How Can I Show My Pride in Being an American?

Class II (Grades 5 & 6)

Second Place

by Gideon Carver

I can show my pride in many ways. One tradition I have with my family is to visit the cemetery on Veterans Day and I think of all the people who served our country and lost their lives for our freedoms.

I always wanted to be in the army to know what it’s like to protect our country like the past and present military men and women. One of my military heroes is Alvin York because he was a war hero that captured the Germans.

I can share the knowledge that I have learned about history and our heritage with other kids. I can share my faith about God because of the freedoms I now have and I am blessed to live in a free country. I can help our military by buying products that are made by veterans or in the U.S.A. instead of China. A lot of things say made in China on them so if we as Americans decide to all buy “made in the U.S.A.” products that will unite us more together.

The 4th of July is a holiday I enjoy because I watch a parade in my community and they throw candy and at night I go outside with my family and light fireworks. We celebrate the 4th of July with my cousin David who was in the Iraq war. He doesn’t talk about what it was like in the war but it makes me happy to know he was willing to die for me and my freedom.

When I join the military I’m not sure if I will have to fight in any wars but I will be willing to sacrifice my life like my cousin David did. I am proud to call myself an American.


Ways to Show Your American Pride

Class III (Grades 7 & 8)

First Place

by Kees Tjaarda

There are many ways to show American pride. One way could be cheering for the U.S. team in the Olympics. Another way to show your pride would be to support the American troops. And you can show your pride by knowing your country’s history, and knowing what the songs they sing with the American flag mean. These are some great ways to show American pride.

You can show your pride by rooting for the U.S. Olympic team. That includes watching them. You can watch it at the Olympics or on your TV. Cheering for them, whether they get a medal or they don’t. This is one way you can show American pride.

Next you can show your American pride by supporting the Military that fight for our freedoms. That can be by sending letters or care packages to the troops. Also you could be helpful to their families when the military member is deployed. Plus, when you pay your taxes, some of that money goes to the troops. This helps support them. Supporting the Military is one of the best ways to show your American pride, after all they fight to keep our country safe.

Finally another way to show your American pride is by knowing the history of the country and knowing what the Pledge of Allegiance or the National Anthem mean. Knowing about our country’s history means you know about things such as wars, depressions, important buildings, or important things that happened. Examples of the buildings are the White House, the Empire State Building, or the Twin Towers. Examples of the important things are when we declared our independence, or when the first flag was made. Then another way you can show your American pride is by knowing what our country’s National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, or The Pledge of Allegiance mean. That can be understanding the words that we or that the singer sings, or understanding why we put our hands on our hearts. Those are some great ways to show American pride.

There are many ways to show your American pride.


How Can I Show My Pride in Being an American?

Class III (Grades 7 & 8)

Second Place

by William Carver

America is a place like no other country in the world cause in America there is a store or restaurant in every corner where people can eat at or take food with them. Also in America almost every citizen has a job and plenty of food to eat and I am glad that I live in America. We have fair laws that protect the people. This is my nation and I would do anything for it. Such as fight against communism or fight against foreign powers that want to burn it down to ashes and control every American citizen.

I have four relatives who were in the service. Two of them are my cousins and one was my great uncle and one was my grandfather. My first cousin was in the Marines and his fighting took place in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran. He fought very well for this country and I’m glad that he made it out alive. My other cousin served in the Coast Guard. His job wasn’t to go out and fight, his job was to patrol along the coast for illegal immigrants who wanted to come in the states illegally. He retired in 2013. I had a grandfather who served in the Navy aboard the U.S.S. Lst-226 during WWII in the Pacific, but he didn’t do any fighting at all, he was just a cook. I was kind of disappointed when I found out he didn’t do any fighting, but later on I knew that if he didn’t become a cook then the other soldiers wouldn’t have fought bravely against the Axis power. My uncle Frank served in the Korean War in the Marines. My dad told me that while my uncle was in battle he blew up a few enemy tanks with his rocket launcher, but after that a Korean soldier threw a grenade by him and he lost his right arm and a couple of toes, but he survived. Later on, in March 2011 he passed away.

In a time of challenges and changes, when many people are fearful of what lies in America’s future, we have a God who holds the future of America in His hands. Knowing this, we should pray daily to God to direct our leaders. 1Timothy 2:1-2 says: “First of all, then I urge that petitions, prayer requests, and thanksgiving be offered to God for all people; for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life with all reverence toward God with proper conduct.”

We are still blessed to live in a country where we have tremendous freedoms and we should do all we can to protect these freedoms, keeping our nation “The land of the free.”


How Can I Show My Pride in Being an American?

Class IV (Grades 9 & 10)

First Place

by Hannah Hagen

America is a great country, with great people. I’m very thankful to live in a nation where I can freely worship God. I am also very thankful for the brave soldiers that fought for my country.

There are a lot of ways I can show my pride as an American. One way is helping needy citizens. Like helping the poor who need an extra hand and telling them about God. I would like to do that one day, and I’m glad I live in a country where I can do that.

This country has a lot of freedoms that others don’t, One nation under God we stand. These days people seem to be slipping away from God. I hope America stays free for a long time. Some of the first settlers actually came to America because they sought religious freedom. I wouldn’t want to live in another place than where I live.

There are many great things about this country. I love the Pledge of Allegiance because it reminds people about how awesome this country is and what it means to be a part of it.

I’m proud to be an American and another way I can show my pride is holding my flag high on the 4th of July, to remind my fellow Americans that this is a great place and we should be thankful. I really like the 4th of July. In fact, it is my favorite holiday of all. I love how my town celebrates it. There’s a parade that marches across town that a majority of the town watches. I love the colors of the flag and how a lot of people wear red, white, and blue.

One time I was actually part of the town parade. It was fun and I enjoyed it a lot. But I was much younger back then, I was 11 years old. I held a flag for my aunts who dressed up as historic people. The whole time I was watching all the happy faces and it made me think about how nice my country is. The one thing I love the most are the fireworks at night that people light off. All the beautiful colors are amazing. Everything about the 4th of July makes me think about how lucky we truly are.

We should always remember all of the vets who served for our country, and those who died for our freedom and liberty. I pray God’s protection over our country and the people sacrificing their lives. God bless the U.S.A.

Another thing I love about America is it’s national bird: the eagle. I love how it represents freedom. When I see an eagle soaring across the big blue sky it makes me think about this great historic land: the land of the free and the home of the brave.

I can also show pride as an American by respecting the flag and placing my right hand over my heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. There are a lot of ways to show pride. Another is helping out senior citizens or helping out veterans. One day I would like to help in a home where they take care of those people. I would enjoy hearing about things they’ve experienced. I try and respect my elders because they are very wise.

As I have mentioned, there are many ways to show my pride as an American. I just want everyone to know how much I love my country and how important it is to stick together.

United we stand

One nation

Under God.

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