Freedom Day celebrated at KES May 6; Two students essays selected

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What is freedom? When you hear the word freedom, what do you think of? I have never really given this subject much thought.

Political independence, as of a people or nation. That's the definition of freedom. Does this small sentence really explain the entire meaning of freedom?

Freedom is when you can do what you want to. Freedom makes you an individual, someone different from everyone else. You're free to make your own choices. Sure, our parents may guide us to make a certain choice, but in the end, we have the freedom to make the final decision.

Our country is so amazing. We earned this freedom by fighting for it. All of the soldiers who fought for this freedom deserve great appreciation. They deserve to be regarded as someone very special. Just think, of all the people in other countries who don't have this freedom. They aren't able to choose what they wear, marry who they want to, or even choose if they are educated or not.

Who keeps us free? Well, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights amendments. The amendments provide us with special rights that help us every day. Even in the first amendment, it states that people will have the freedom of religion, press, speech, and assembly. The thirteenth amendment ends slavery. That amendment is a very important one. It gives all the slaves the same freedom that everyone else has.

Think about it. If we never had freedom in the United States of America, do you think we would still be here right now? If the Constitution and the Bill of Rights had never been written, we wouldn't have this amazing freedom. If they weren't written, what do you think we'd be doing right now?

Now, when you hear the word freedom, what do you think of?

By Maicy Vossen

When you hear the word freedom, what do you think of? I think of the end of slavery, Abraham Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Bill of Rights, and even the Declaration of Independence. But is any of that what freedom is and still stands for today?

Freedom has many different definitions. Webster dictionary describes freedom as a noun and "the state of being free." But this opens a new question, what is really the meaning of being free? Well, this is a very broad question that can be answered in many ways.

Freedom can be a plethora of things. Being free can be a feeling. Like the feeling you get when you ride a really big rollercoaster and you feel as if you're flying and could rule the world.

Freedom can also be lifestyle. Being free can mean that you live in a country without a dictator ruling over everything. In America, we are "the land of the free," and we are known for that. However, we have a strong government and laws. We are still free to voice our opinions, dress how we choose, live where we want to, and overall, just run our lives how we want to, peacefully and freely. So even with laws that keep our nation orderly, we are still free, and we should never take that for granted.

Because free can mean so many things, "freedom" is an almost indescribable word. It has so many meanings to it, it's a noun, an adjective, it's a feeling, it's a lifestyle, it's so much more than words on paper and that is truly an amazing word. I think writer and poet, Archibald MacLeish says it best when he gives his thoughts about what freedom means;

"What is freedom? Freedom is the right to choose; the right to create for yourself the alternatives of choice. Without the possibility of choice and the exercise of choice, a man is not a man but a member, an instrument, a thing."ÐArchibald MacLeish

By Jordan Dockery