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11 In the past we've reached many milestones in The United States. We started out as a British colony , that did what Great Britain told us to do, but in 1776 we declared that we would no longer be a part of their We wanted in- kingdom. dependence and we wanted it as " soon as possible. As the American Revolution gained momenturia we saw many volunteers agree to fight in state militias and other small military groups. By the time the i Revolutionary War had started we had troops at Lexington ready to " lay down their lives to defend our arms and our independence. These men were not soldiers like we see today. These men were farmers, I,.t ta merchants, and anyone else who might have owned a gun at the time. They volunteered to fight for what they believed in, and because of their decision, we won the war. Without these brave volunteers, the United States may have never existed... That is only the begin- ning of our nation's story. As we've risen to become a superpower in the world we've seen many Oppo- sitions and even bigger milestones reached. In the 1940s we entered into World War II, one of the larg- est conflicts the world has ever seen. The war raged on from 1939 to 1945 causing millions of casual- ties from nations worldwide. The United States didn't enter the war until December of 1941, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. After this event there was immediate action. War-was declared and the military rose to fulfill their duties. Both men and women sprang into action with men training to fight and women fueling the fight from inside facto- ties. These people not only helped us win a war.., they also helped us, fix our economy. It was the power of these people that truly put us in the position to become a super- power at the end of World War 1I. Veterans allowed us to become a military power and also an eco- nomic power in the world. The past is the past though right? I wasn't there. They didn't do anything for me personally... I have heard statements such as these many times. We've seen countless events over the history of our nation where Veterans were involved, yet we still have people who don't care. What about Iraq? The war in Afghanistan? 9/11? Even with events as recent as these, I don't , always see the appreciation these people deserve. Veterans are just as important today as they were in WWII... they're even more impor- tant for our future as a nation. The United States has recently involved itself in the destruction of a terrorist group known as the Islamic State. Our current presi- dent, Barrack Obama, promised us that there would be no boots on the ground, or in other words, there'd be no troops going to stop them. His plan involved the con- tinuation of bombing strikes on ISIS hotspots throughout Syria and other inhabited regions. But there is one problem that I see. Even our president has de- moted the value of our veterans. He refers to them as boots on the ground, not veterans, not sol- diers.., boots on the ground. It is my fear that in the future, that is all they will ever be to any- body. Veterans may be demoted to mere pawns in a real life game of chess by our future president and even our future citizens. I hope and pray that this will not be the case for America. I hope to see a nation that learns from its veterans. We could look at our history and the history of our world to spare lives and avoid future conflict. I pray that we honor these people as heroes. Their dedication to this na- tion reaches far beyond what many of us understand and their sacrifice benefits the whole. In closing, I'd like tO say that I know we as Americans can do this... We've done amazing things in the past when we've set our minds to it. Let's create a genera- tion who sees the honor in what these patriots have done, are do- ing, and will continue to do in our lives. The United States has provided us with life.., liberty.., and the pursuit of happiness. We need not forget those who continue to make those things possible. Emma Schoth Ronald Reagan once said, "Freedom is never more then one generation from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years tell- ing our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." What is a structure without its foundation? Without a strong foundation to hold all of its bur- dens the structure would collapse upon itself much like-the United States would without hope. Hope that we will all have a safe place to lie our heads at night. Hope powerful enough to free all and inspire nations. Dominating our past, present, and future with an iron fist. Something so strong and everlasting that it cannot and will not be shaken no matter what sor- rows and difficulties may "stand in its way. H. O. P. E. Noun originating from England definition, a United States veteran. Our soldiers have sculpted our country into what it is today through their courage, bravery, perseverance, and the constant idea that tomorrow is always a new day. All it takes is opening one his- tory book to see what an enormous role our veterans played in help- ing our country become what it is today. They have always kept the hope alive, and leaving everyone all across the globe yearning for a taste of what it's like living the American Dream. America's veterans are influen- tial to our future not as a reminder of the suffering and sorrows we've faced as a nation, but rather as a sign of how those hardships have made us stronger, and how we have prevailed through them. Liv- ing in times like these where the number of people employed is continually failing, and the econ- omy is at its' complete worst all I have to do is think a second that things could be much worse. We as Americans possess the most valu- able thing in the world, freedom. I may not know the difficulties I will face trying to search for a job when I get older, how much a tank of gas will cost, or even where I will live, but I will never be fearful of what's yet to come, because as long as I live in the United States of Amer- ica under the might red white and blue I have no doubt that the burn- ing candle that is our freedom will have an everlasting flame lit by none other than our soldiers. Next Year Local VFW Commander Roger Bates says the topic for next year's Voice of Democracy Essay Contest is "My Vision for America'. The topic for the Junior High - Patriot's Pen - is "What Freedom Means to Me". Roger said he is hopeful that Mt. 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