Two St. Aloysius School students won an essay contest hosted by the Pines Assisted Living Facility in Prairie du Sac.

The students answered the question, "What does freedom mean to me?" and veterans who live at the Pines judged the contest.

On Nov. 30 the two winning students read their essays to residents at the Pines. Both students won a certificate and a gift card to Culver's.


What freedom means to me


By Josef Becker 

"I pledge allegiance to the flag" ... We say every day.

The Pledge is a freedom speech about our freedom. I feel good about my freedom and the people who served for my freedom.

When we say liberty we mean freedom. Some of our freedoms our: freedom of speech, freedom of education, and freedom of religion.

There are many wars that have been fought to give us our freedom such as: The Civil War, World War I, World War II and the wars that are now going on in: Iraq and Afghanistan to stop terrorism.

The Civil War was fought to stop slavery. World War I happened because the Germans invaded Poland.

World War II happened because the Nazis kept marching into different places and taking control of them.

The war in Iraq and Afghanistan started because of terrorism. In 2001 terrorists flew into New York and crashed into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Another plane crashed in a field before they could hit the capitol. That war is still going on today. Pray for peace!

Now to talk about the men women who served in the Wars. World War II was the bloodiest battle.

My great grandfather was a medic in World War II. He is 93 now and he is lucky to be alive. He got a medal but he gave it to my grandfather to keep. A while ago they had a trip for the veterans. Pray for the veterans!

Our freedom was surely hard to accomplish ... of the United States of America and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all!


What freedom means to me


By Baxter Peetz


To me the word freedom means numerous things. I chose to pick the four main reasons that are important to me.

The first word that comes to my mind when I hear freedom is religion. The reason why is that I am allowed to be a Buddhist, Christian, Lutheran, or any religion I want to be. I can also have a Sunday to worship the God of my choice.

Lastly, I have the freedom to believe that I am always loved.

Secondly, when I hear freedom, I think of Harriet Tubman. I think of Harriet Tubman because she was an African American at the time of slavery. She wasn't free.

She had to suffer being whipped almost every day. She also fought for freedom by helping the on Underground Railroad. She put other's chance of freedom before hers.

Also, when I hear freedom, I think of Abraham Lincoln. He fought for freedom just like Harriet Tubman.

He thought anyone should be free. When he said, "Four score and seven years ago" ... he was starting his famous speech for freedom. He, unlike some people at the time, thought everyone was equal. He understood freedom. He was the leader of the Union, the free part of the country.

Lastly, when I hear freedom I think of the possibility of world peace. We wouldn't be at war anymore, so I could go to any part of Iraq or Afghanistan if I wanted to.

Also, war captives would be set free. There would absolutely be no wars.

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