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Katie Drucker
kdrucker@eaglevalleyenterprise.com
Gypsum CO Colorado
Special to the DailyJaimee Rindy, left, and Slater Sabo, right, are students in Gypsum, Colorado
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GYPSUM, Colorado ” Jaimee Rindy and Slater Sabo, two sixth graders at Gypsum Creek Middle School in Gypsum, Colorado, are regional winners in an national essay contest.

The contest, sponsored by Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of The United States of America, was to write an essay titled “What Freedom Means to Me.”

“Those two essays were very well done,” said Erin Galbreath, the subordinate chair of the Glenwood Lodge. Galbreath judged 120 essays and chose three winners, including Rindy and Sabo, from New Castle, Eagle, Gypsum and Glenwood Springs.

Rindy didn’t think she would get this far in the contest.

“I didn’t really think I would win because I heard a lot of other good essays,” said Rindy. “It was a surprise.”

Now Rindy and Sabo must wait to see if their essays are picked out of all contestants in the western part of the United States and then comes the national contest.

“I am very excited to find out if I won,” said Rindy.

The first, second and third place winners of the national contest receive $1,000, $500, $250, respectively, in U.S Savings Bonds.

On July 4, 1776, the U.S. Congress signs the Declaration of Independence. It proclaimed the thirteen colonies a free, independent nation. It freed the colonies from the rule of King George of England. Ever since, America has been known as the land of the free and the home of the brave.

To me, freedom means having the freedom of speech, allowing us to express our ideas about politics, current events, and being able to protest without being arrested. Having the freedom of speech also gives us the freedom of the press. In some nations, speaking out against leaders could land a bullet in your head.

To me, freedom means being able to elect our leaders, unlike most nations, where tyrants, dictators, or kings lead the nation. A dictator or tyrant rules with force and cruelty. A king or queen takes the throne by bloodline, but when the people chose their leaders, it is true freedom.

To me, freedom means possessing the rights that make us United States citizens. Such rights include the freedom of trial by jury. Being innocent until proven guilty and being evaluated for crimes by your peers makes us freer than other nations.

To me, freedom means living in the land where Lady Liberty rings her bell proudly, where the country is known as the land of the free and the home of the brave. To me freedom means living in a land where the motto is “In God we Trust”.

What if you didn’t have the freedom you know? Can you even imagine that?

Sometimes we think we can, but if you ask those who don’t have freedom, you’ll know that we can’t. To live without freedom, is to live without hope, without choices, without a place to turn to. That’s why, to me, freedom means a lot and taking it for granted won’t show you care.

Freedom means a lot, but to me it especially means the freedom of speech, and the freedom of religion. The freedom of speech is important to me because I love to read. The freedom of speech lets authors, publishers, and readers express themselves in their own way.

For instance, Banned Books Week, if people didn’t like the content of the book, they would ban it, or even burn it! The freedom of speech also gives us laws. We can write governmental laws to keep our country safe. If we took this for granted, our laws would mean nothing. Our world would be a cruel place to live in.

Also, the freedom of religion is very important. The freedom of religion is important because it allows people to worship who or whatever they want. It used to be that if you didn’t worship a certain god, you were tortured, thrown in jail, or even, on rare occasions, killed.

So, now think, what would our lives be without freedom? It might be a privilege not to know, but there are people out there who do know. That’s why we should never take freedom for granted and thank those who fight for it. After all, that is what freedom means!


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