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‘What Freedom Means to Me’

Pliner takes second in Sertoma essay contest

April 11, 2011
Messenger News

By Katelyn Pliner

Prairie Valley,

Eighth Grade

Mrs. Hammen

Second Place

$200 Savings Bond

We live in the United States of America, one of the freest countries. In America we can voice our opinions, ideas, dreams, hopes, and beliefs. But those words don't just stand for America; they stand for freedom.

Freedom is to speak for what you think is right, to convert to Judaism, even though you have always been a Christian, to vote no matter what gender, and to go to any school or church you want to. That is what Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King Jr. wanted for America. They fought for everyone to be equal no matter what your gender, skin color, or religion.

Freedom means many things to many different people. For me, freedom means to go to church every Sunday, sit in a pew, and listen to the minister. I've always gone to whatever church I wanted to and probably always will. I realize without freedom I might not be able to attend the church of my choice. I couldn't say what I wanted to, or be allowed to do the things I do today. Someday I hope everyone has freedom.

But freedom has limits and responsibilities. You can't scream in a crowded library; you can't dismiss homework; and you can get arrested for having too many parking tickets. Freedom allows someone to act for themselves, but you have to be responsible on how you use your freedom because it can be taken away.

Freedom is something to be cherished; we are all lucky we are able to have it. I am honored to say that I have freedom.



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