My pledge to our veterans

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Seventh-grader Jackson Schuetz and eighth-grader Karsyn Bernd were honored this year for the VFW’s Patriot Pen contest. The contest gives middle schoolers the chance to express their opinion on a patriotic theme and improve their writing skills. From left: Schuetz, local VFW Commander Charlie Cravens, Bernd and Robert Onelio, Arkansas City Middle School principal. This year’s Patriot Pen topic was ‘My Pledge to Veterans.’

Editor’s note: This essay by Arkansas City Middle School eighth-grader Karsyn Bernd was one of two winning essays in this year’s Patriot Pen contest sponsored by the VFW.

My pledge to our veterans is to live in a way that honors the sacrifices that they have made. I will carry with me the memories of all the people who have served and who have touched my life including friends and family members. I will surround myself with strong people, including veterans. All Americans should continuously remember the sacrifices of the people who have served and fought for our country. I plan on accomplishing this in three ways; daily, in my immediate future, and my distant future.

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