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What Freedom Means to Me

Lansman writes winning Sertoma essay

April 4, 2011
Messenger News

By Amanda Lansman

Prairie Valley

Eighth Grade

Mrs. Hammen

First Place

$500 Savings Bond

Freedom is something many people take for granted. Nobody realizes what they have until it's taken away. Freedom has a different meaning to everyone, but to me, freedom isn't just a word, it's an action. We live in a country with many freedoms, freedoms such as being able to speak out and say what you want to say, and the freedoms to worship and believe as you choose. These all play a big part in my life now, and if it weren't for these rights, I wouldn't be telling you what I think of freedom.

With all this freedom comes plenty of responsibility. Just because you have the right to say what you want doesn't mean there aren't consequences. Freedom is a privilege and not many people think of it that way because we have grown up in a time period where we didn't have to live without freedom. We honestly don't know what it is like not having clean clothes, not being able to choose our own religion, and even not being able to get an education. We can try to relate or try to imagine what it is like, but we still won't fully understand. However, that is all the more reason why we must keep the ideal of freedom, its meaning, close to our hearts.

Freedom is sacrifice. In the past people fought for the people of the future. Now, every day, men and women, both, are fighting to keep our country safe while we all still carry on with our lives. They fight so that others might experience what we already have, freedom. I sometimes wonder what the soldiers feel when they are over in Iraq fighting. I would imagine that they just want to be home like the rest of us, but they sacrifice so that we might continue as we are.

Freedom means a lot to me, and I really don't know what I would do without it. I haven't ever had to experience life without freedom. The countries that have to live day in and day out without it make me wonder, "What can I do to help them?" I think that you should all ask yourself that question. I am thankful men and women in my past did, indeed, ask that question. It's why I have freedom today.



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