HONOR OUR HEROES PROGRAM
2020 Veterans Grand Marshalls
Casteel High School
Queen Creek, AZ
Teacher: Renee Howell
America – a beacon of hope and freedom. That’s what everyone thinks about the United States back in Germany. The fact that America is the country of independence influenced me a lot when I decided to spend one year here. I wanted to see what it was like to live in a country where everything was possible. As a German exchange student, I was fascinated by the many flags outside of people’s houses that showed how proud they were to be a part of America. I was wondering why people would be so patriotic of their own country. That was the point when I started researching America’s history and its glorious way to independence.
As I read in the history books, it was a back-breaking journey. America had many casualties, but as Bob Marley said, “It’s better to die fighting than be a prisoner all days of your life.” My respect belongs to the people that kept fighting, that never gave up even though a lot of people lost hope. There is no revolution without people that fight for it. It was a tough battle; the American army was outnumbered and not well-organized. How could anyone believe that this army could defeat the British? Other countries didn’t believe in it, but the fighters never gave up.
Even after they lost battles, they woke up the next morning, telling themselves that it was worth dying for their cause. They knew that freedom wouldn’t be given free of cost. Freedom has to be taken. Everyone is as free as they want to be. And these fighters, they wanted to be free. They laid the foundation for a free America. I speak from experience when I say that people from other countries look up to America. Why shouldn’t we? This country exists because people didn’t give up, and they fought for their cause. How can a country with a history like that not be taken as an example of freedom? It isn’t the freedom itself that makes this country admirable; it’s the people who fought for it.
All in all, I strongly believe that other countries should look to America as an example. No country’s history shows this much effort and sacrifice put towards ensuring its people’s freedom. Liberty is an important word here, and other countries should definitely look more towards America as a role model.