An essay: My pledge to our veterans

Wadena-Deer Creek student Emma Weniger was recognized for her first place Patriot's Pen essay by the Wadena VFW Auxiliary. Read it in full here.

Patriot's Pen finalists included Emma Weniger, left and Austin McCoy. Not pictured is Taylor Bosman.
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Veterans of the United States have taken a pledge or an oath to support and defend the constitution and the citizens of this country. In return, to honor our Veterans, I am taking a pledge.

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Emma Weniger (2022)
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My pledge is to always honor and respect those who have served and to those who are still serving. Our veterans have worked hard for keeping this country from being overpowered, like when the United States of America finally got its freedom from Great Britain. These people have never been stubborn about going to fight. Military men and women have had to leave their families knowing there is a chance that they may not come home.

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America..." As an American, when I recite the Pledge of Allegiance I am taking the same pledge as so many veterans have done before me. I am showing my honor and appreciation to those who fought and defended the freedoms I have today.

Our veterans had to go and fight the battle that so many of us these days would not go and fight for. These people have given so much for this country. Veterans have experienced so much more than we could ever imagine. They are the reason we have many opportunities which include having religious freedoms, speaking freely, and having a good education.

I want to continue to honor our men and women veterans as many presidents have done as far back as President Lincoln. President Lincoln vowed "to care for those who have borne the battle". We need to be polite when veterans are willing to share their stories; listen with a good ear and open heart. We need to recognize their feelings and emotions because the battles they have encountered were not easy. Always be sincere and compassionate toward members of their family because they share the burdens of their loved ones as well.


Lee Greenwood said it best in his song "God Bless the U.S.A." "I am proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me." But for me, it is also our Veterans who still walk among us, who gave their all for me. I pledge to always be supportive, sincere, and respectful to our veterans. 

Area students were recognized for their essays written for the Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy contests.

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