Showing Our ColorsJuly 6, 2013
Photos and text by Dave Weatherwax
For some, the flag is a symbol of freedom. For others it may bring to mind democracy or the individual rights we have as Americans.
For Ireland Elementary School fourth-grader Bennett Schmitt, the flag is a reminder of the men and women who risked their lives to protect the freedoms we are afforded as American citizens.
Each year, area fourth-graders are given the chance to share the importance of the American flag in their lives through the American Legion Flag Testing program, sponsored locally by the American Legions in Dubois County. The students are taught the importance and history of the flag and then they are tested on that information and asked to write essays to answer that very question: What do you think about when you see our country’s flag?
Bennett’s reflections in his essay made him the contest winner at his school. His essay went on to win the county, 8th District and state contests.
In honor of the Stars and Stripes during this long Independence Day weekend, we share with you photographs of the flag we’ve taken in the past year and Bennett’s essay:
“When I see our country’s flag, I think about the men and women who have served the country and risked their lives to give freedom to the people of America. I see the flag all of the time and think of all the freedoms we have such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the freedom to vote and choose our state and country representatives. Our country has these freedoms because we have men and women in our country who are considerate and unselfish that would do almost anything to help, protect and fight for our country’s freedom. When I see the flag I think of the Pledge of Allegiance and ”˜The Star-Spangled Banner’ and I always think of how proud I am to be an American. That is what I think when I see our country’s flag. What do you think about when you see our country’s absolutely astonishing flag? I think fondly about our country’s flag. I think you should think the same.
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