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.