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Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:29 AM

God, Flag and Country

Troy Elwer

2nd place, 10-11-year-old

There are three things in my life that are special to me — God, flag and country.

First of all, God plays a very important role in my life. He is my creator. He made so many beautiful things in nature like animals, trees and mountains. He also provides me with enough food and water to live. To thank him and honor him I go to church on Sunday. I am glad he is around when I have bad times. I know I can count on him. He forgives me when I do something wrong. He is someone to talk to when I am alone. These are reasons why God is a big part of how I am.

Not only is God important to me, but so is the American flag. The flag represents the 50 states. I have learned to be respectful around the flag. The flag also shows I have freedoms like being able to go to church and being able to receive a good education.

Finally, this symbol reminds me of all the men and women who serve in the military to make sure we keep these freedoms. Not only does the flag represent men and women soldiers but so does our great country.

Finally, in music we learn the song “The Fifty Nifty United States.” This son reminds me of our awesome country. Some things I appreciate about our country is we try to help other countries who are less fortunate and we come together in times of need. 

Thankfully we have a president who will keep us safe.

These are the reasons why God, flag and country are special to me.


God, Flag and Country

Arianna Knebel

3rd place, 10-11-year-olds

It may seem that this would be a difficult time in our country’s history to write an essay about God, Flag and Country. Our economy is struggling, we are in war and our people seem very divided in their opinions. Respect for flag, country and our reverence for God are declining.

A survey suggests that 70 percent of Americans don’t have the influence of God in their lives.

Do you know what you’re saying when you recite the Pledge of Allegiance?

Traditional values don’t mean as much as they used to.

In days gone by, most Americans attended church every Sunday.


If the flag passed by, everyone removed their hats and saluted with honor and grace. People lived and worked together as a nation.

A look at our country’s history gives us cause for optimism in the wake of our current struggles.

Those of the “greatest generation” like my great-great-grandmother lived through the Great Depression and World War II. These were tough times in history. What made the “greatest generation” great? Was it an easy time? No. It was a depression that held the country in its grip for over 10 years. It was a war fought on two fronts.

Our country was once so divided over the issue of slavery that family members fought against each other in the Civil War.

Servicemen returning form Vietnam were treated with disdain even though they had only done what they were obligated to do.

Clergymen have always struggled to get people to ask God to ease their burden.

In his inaugural address, President Kennedy said, “ask not what you country can do for you but what you can do for your country.” 

American people today are the most educated in the history of our country. A return to reverence for God, honor for flag, pride in our country and working together will make our country greater than ever before. As John Neal says, “a kite rises against the wind, not with it.”



God, Flag and Country

Claire Thompson

2nd place, 12-13-year-olds

Who is God? Who is Jesus? Are they someone you can talk to or just a person being talked about nationally? What is church? Is it a place to go sit and socialize before the service? Is it something you are forced to do? What is the Bible? Is it fiction or nonfiction? How do we really know the answers to any of these questions? I, as a Christian, know that God is the creator of the world and Jesus was his one and only son. I also know that church is where I can go learn lessons about the Bible and my faith. Another thing I know is that the Bible is nonfiction.

God has been taken out of many, many schools by the government as a whole. Some schools don’t even say “under God” during the pledge in the morning. I am so lucky that the leaders of my school have kept God in our daily school routine. Twice a year we have a “prayer around the flag-pole.” Everyone who wishes to can come and join the superintendent in a prayer before the day starts. It makes me happy  that we can keep this tradition going as it has for many years now.

When I go to church, I like to think about how many other people are at church, as well. I sit and think, “How many other people are at church just like m? Why are they there?” I know I’m not a perfect Christian or anything close to that, and occasionally, like almost all people, I don’t “feel like it.” People from other countries see church as almost a prize. They love it. It is a blessing to know that I was raised in a church and will most likely take my kids to a church in the future. God can be a friend, a family member, a guide, anything you need at the moment. IN GOD WE TRUST. I know who God is. I trust him. Do you?


God, Flag and Country

Claire Komarek

3rd place, 12-13-year olds

I am the land of the free and the home of the brave. Can you guess who I am? I am America. I’ve been through everything my people have. I’ve been through the wars and I’ve seen more and more people to come to make this big melting pot of people. Around 1607 I saw my very first British colony form, Jamestown. In 1776 my people signed the Declaration of Independence. Shortly after we fought the Revolutionary War. In 1783 the Treaty of Paris ended the war. We were finally free!

We were only calm for a short while. In 1861 we had another war. We were fighting against ourselves. The north vs. the south to end or to keep slavery and to bring us back together. Four years later the war ended and the slaves were free. This made me very happy because I hate to see my own people fight and have others kept to work with no pay. So I think the war ended well. 

In 1914 to 1918 we had the first world war. The two groups fighting were the Allies and the Central Powers. Shortly after that a very bad thing happened The Great Depression. The stock market had crashed and jobs were gone. The unemployment rate here raised about 25%. When it ended I was saddened by all the people who lost everything. I wished I could have done more to help.

In World War II we were bombed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. We fought hard on the allies. We won the war by bombing the two Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I knew it wasn’t an easy thing to do but we had to end the war and I’m glad we ended it.

In 2001 on September 11th two planes had flown into the World Trade buildings and one into the Pentagon. We went into war again and are losing troops every day. This day was a very bad day in my history and I wish it had never happened. Still in was we were lead into a recession it wasn’t as bad as the Great Depression but it was close. We are in war now and hopefully it will end soon. 

I am America and I have a lot of history. I’ve seen sorrow, joy and hardships. I am still and will be the land of the free and home of the brave for a long time.


God, Flag and Country

Reid Corzine

2nd place, 14-15-year-olds

The country of God, what does this mean? This means that our country is run by God. Many of our founding fathers believed in God and that is what they envisioned when they formed our country. I try to go to church every week. I am the acolyte at my church, and I believe in God. The way I see the country with God is like a bike. He is the wheels and we are the handle bars able to steer our beliefs one way or another, either believing or not believing.

A good example of my analogy is the Great Awakening. That is when the Americans took hold of the handle bars and steered us onto the path of God. Sadly everything good has to end. That is when the second Great Awakening occurred. The Americans once again took hold of the handle bars and steered us onto the path of God. Once again it had to end. 

I think it is time for a third Great Awakening. The Americans need to grab hold of the handle bars and steer us onto the path of God before we get in to deep and can’t get back out. How can we do this you ask? It is simple; all we need to do is focus on our similarities not our differences. It doesn’t matter what color, religion, or gender you are all that matters is that we all wouldn’t be here without God. 


God, Flag and Country

Alex Haehn

3rd place, 14-15-year-olds

Some people think of the flag as just a piece of cloth that flies around in the air. Well, if they think that then they are wrong. well at least in my opinion. To me the flag is very important. Every day when I see the flag I think to myself that we are a very lucky country and I think of how proud I am to live in America and to have all of the wonderful rights. 

The colors on the flag are red white and blue. The red stands for valor, the blue stands for justice and white stands for innocence. 

A widow named Betsy Ross had created the flag, but George Washington had shown her a rough draft of one and asked if she could make a flag that started off with six pointed stars. Francis Hopkins had also mentioned things about the flag. 

1960 the flag had been changed to fifty stars and that is what we sing the pledge of allegiance and star spangled banner to this day.

I know people or at least most people feel freedom when they see the American flag. If it wasn’t for our country we could not have a flag today, and if it wasn’t for God, then we would not have a country or a flag. 

The very first time I saw the flag I didn’t think anything of it. To me now, to know we have this flag floating in the air, I am very happy. I am not only happy but I am very impressed. 

I love our country, I love our flag, and most importantly I love God. If you put these all together, you get America.  



0 #1 2011-03-14 11:47
i loved what you wrote i hope that is what it realy means to you that was realy awsome.

Erica Phillips

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