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A Loved One In The Armed Forces
Amanda Fogelquist - 10th Grade
Listed November 20, 2009

Being an American means so much to me. As I've been growing up in the wonderful United States. I learned so much about history of the U.S. and fighting soldiers.

When 9/11 hit in 2001 I really didn't know what was going on until I came home from kindergarten and saw it on the T.V. and my mom had to explain. From there on I have been a loving one for the U.S. and fighting soldiers today to keep our country safe.

Now, since I'm in the 10th grade, I’m learning so much about war and other things about America that I love it so much. I have Friends in the war and some of them are home right now, but others are getting ready to go to training and then possibly off to war.

I have one friend that is going in next year in September. He has been like a brother to me, because we have known each other for a while.

All I've got to say for now is that I'm going to have to stay strong and proud for my country and keep every soldier in my prays as they are out there on the battlefield fighting and risking their lives for us.

The Flag is another thing. Once in high school, we got little flags to support the troops … and some of my friends dropped it and wanted to go home and burn it. (I really didn't believe them about burning the flag.)

So I just went on loving and supporting my country's flag by doing the Pledge everyday of the week and the National Anthem. Now I love to sing the National Anthem. I also say the pledge every time at our Character Assembly.

I feel really good about caring so much about my Country and my flag ... and will never give up on it.

Amanda Fogelquist
10th Grade
Copyright 2009

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