5th-Grade wins annual Flag Day essay contest

5th-grader Ethan Bertrand read his first-place essay titled "What the flag means to me." He won the annual flag essay contest sponsored by the Thiandara Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Ethan's essay:

The American Flag can be recognized all over the world. The red, white, and blue represents strength, power, and bravery to me. No matter where a person is from they know those stars and stripes belong to America.
Our flag is a symbol of strength of the spirit that lives in all of us. We know that no matter what - we will stand up for what we believe in.
Those bold colors stand for the power of its people. When we stand united – we are an unstoppable force. The pride I feel when I see my flag feels like it will burst out of my chest.
I am proud of the bravery of all the soldiers who have given everything to protect our way of life. Out of all who have served, many have lost their lives. This is something that should never be taken for granted. The American flag reminds us of this sacrifice, and I will forever be grateful.
I am very lucky to have been born an American where I can grow up to be anything I want. Every time I see an American flag I am reminded of this. I have a warm bed and plenty of food to eat. I know I have many opportunities that kids in other countries do not have.
When I look at our flag I see strength, power, and bravery. This is easy for me to see since I live in the United States of America, but the great thing about the mighty stars and stripes, is that other countries can look at our flag and see the same thing.

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