Letter: What freedom means to meWhen I think of freedom, I consider the many rights and privileges we enjoy in this great country.
By: Fa Phoua Vue, Grade 6, Worthington Elks Lodge Americanism Essay Winner, Worthington Daily Globe
When I think of freedom, I consider the many rights and privileges we enjoy in this great country. Besides having freedom of speech and worship, we are free to pursue personal goals and become successful.
Regardless of race, gender or physical limitations, opportunities abound.
Our constitution promises to secure the “blessings of liberty.” Freedom, however, means more than blessings. Freedom also means the honor of responsibility.
As citizens, we should joyfully embrace our duty to preserve our way of life by voting, by following laws, by openly opposing racism and discrimination, by honoring our veterans, police and firefighters, and even by paying taxes.
We are free to complain about taxes, but the benefits we receive in return are amazing — benefits such as excellent highways, libraries, parks, police and fire departments and superb public schools.
Taxes also help those less fortunate.
True freedom means giving as well as receiving and does not come without a price.
I think the founding fathers would be proud of them. I know I am. Through them, I more fully appreciate the true meaning and value of freedom.
Editor’s note: Three other essay winners will also have their submissions printed as letters to the editor.