Reno, NV February 7, 2012- The Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Ladies Auxiliary Truckee Meadows Post 3811announce that Katharine Whitehorn is the First Place winner of the Patriot's Pen Essay for Post 3811. Her entrance also moved up to our District level for Northern Nevada, and Katie is also the 1st place winner for District 1 within the State of Nevada.
There will be formal reception on Wednesday, February 8th at 7:00pm. An award reception will be held to present the Citation of Award. We are located at 75 Cowan Drive, at Idlewild Park in Reno near the Truckee River just a few blocks from Keystone Avenue. The Award Ceremony will be held in the VFW Hall, known as the "California Building" at Idlewild Park.
Here is the emotional and inspiring essay that brought her the first place.
Are You Proud of Your Country?
The spirit of America resides in each and every one of us. I am proud to hold that spirit within me. Over the years America and its people have stood strong and united through its many conflicts and disasters. In America you know that when everything feels like it is falling apart you have your neighbors, your fellow Americans. When the pilgrims first came here they were looking for a new beginning, freedom. They took a chance and because of their sacrifices and bravery their sons and daughters stand as one today taking on all the challenges that have been hurled our way.
The determination and bravery of those before us reminds us to be proud of our country and its history. When we were under British rule we fought, took action, and didn’t stop until we got our freedom. This single-minded determination created what is our life today. Our pride in our country has kept us going and inspired us to do and make great things. America is built on the firm belief that we can do anything.
The more recent and tragic event, 9/11, tested the very foundation that we stand on. Still, we pressed on, even the brave citizens in Flight 97, they knew that they would surely die yet they knew that the country must be protected from the fiends who were trying to break the American spirit. Many innocent people lost their lives that day, and even when they were smoke, debris, and wreckage all around them those that responded kept on. Even though it was tragic, 9/11 showed how strong, proud and united America can be.
America deserves the pride of those that reside here because we are free. Everyone can see that people from all over come just to live in the free country. A democracy where everyone has a voice, America, is a one-of-a-kind nation. Not only is it the brave Americans that put their lives on the line fighting for our freedom that makes us free, but the free minds, spirits, and hearts of Americans keeps this country proud and beautiful.
About Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest:
Conducted nationwide, this VFW sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy with the prospect of winning U.S. savings bonds. We invite you to join the more than 112,000 students who participated last year in this contest. The top 46 national winners all receive at least a $1,000 savings bond. The first-place award is currently a $10,000 savings bond plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the winner and a parent or guardian.