Country School 8th Grader Wins Essay Contest

By: Annie Hasselgren
Eighth grader Damian René is honored by the VFW for his essay on honoring the American flag.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Easton, MD - December 18, 2018) — Country School eighth graders entered a local writing contest sponsored by the VFW, with this year's theme being: "Why I honor the American flag." Of the 80 essays submitted in our district, Damian René was the winner.
It was Damian’s thoughtful and articulate writing that captured the attention of contest judges and won him $100 and the honor of being recognized and appreciated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Damian writes: “The American flag should be honored because it stands for courage, vigilance and perseverance. It honors the men and women who died in the line of the duty, veterans, and the ones currently serving the country and overseas … [It] also stands for positive ideas and values [such as] justice, perseverance, and valor … [and] as Mark Twain said, ‘Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.’ Presidents will come and go, but the ideas and values of the flag and the country will not cease to exist. We show respect to the flag not to concentrate on our disagreements, but on what unites us as citizens of The United States of America.” 
Pictured from left: VFW member Michael Johnson, Country School English teacher Chris Nittle, Country School 8th grader Damian René, and VFW member Kenley Timms.

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