EDITOR'S NOTE: Katelyn won first place in the recent Patriot's Pen essay contest, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6672 in Thomson.
By KATELYN PHILLIPS
Seventh grade; Thomson Middle School
Think about it. When really is the right time to honor our military? They do so much for our country. Do you appreciate them? Do you make them cards, letters or even take the time to make a phone call? Some teachers in schools make their students make cards and letters, but some don't.
Sure, you can be an ordinary person and only honor them on holidays like the 4th of July or Veterans Day. But, do you want to just be an ordinary person? I don't. We can honor our military any time. They like to hear from us. They'd listen to you anytime they can -- it takes their mind off the war. They show so much kindness, bravery and love for both us and their country.
Now, should only you honor them? No, everyone should. You should tell anyone you meet to honor them. Our military deserves it.
You see movies about our troops and how hard they fought for us, so why shouldn't we honor them? To just never think about those men and women who sacrifice their lives for us is really bad on our part. They don't have to sign up for war.
They could just sit at their cozy, warm houses with their loving families. But, they don't. They decide to go out and fight for us. So, everyone should honor each and every soldier.
Where should we honor them? Just when others can see us? No, you can honor them when no one is around. You feel good, and so does that soldier, or even military. And when you do honor them, they feel needed and loved.
Most soldiers out there are giving 110 percent and they want to be praised and feel appreciated. You do, too, so why shouldn't we honor them? Some might say, "Oh, I'm just too busy." Well, you make time to watch TV, don't you? You could use that little bit of time to write a letter. Is TV too important to make a soldier's day better?
Now, are you going to honor our troops? I have, and always will. When you are asked to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, you should stand tall and proud to be able to be a citizen of this country we call the United States of America.