By Linda Scherer
Holy Trinity fifth grader Adam Stifter and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted fifth grader Logan Kritzeck were all smiles last Monday when they were told that each of their essays had won the Lake Mary Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) essay contest.
A $10 check was presented to each of them by VFW Post 9232 Commander Rose Heimerl, and each of the students were invited to read their winning essay at the 10 a.m. Memorial Day ceremony at Holy Trinity Cemetery today.
This is the second year the VFW has sponsored an essay contest for Winsted fifth graders.
The essay was to address a veteran who the student knew, and what that person means to them.
The essays were judged by members of the VFW Post 9232.
Logan Kritzeck’s essayabout his grandfather
My Grandpa I know a very special veteran. His name is Roger Kritzeck (Howard Lake), my grandpa. I love him because he loves this country enough to become a veteran.
My grandpa stands for loyalty. He was loyal to this country. He also stands for courage because he didn’t back down from the service. The last thing is that he stands for love. He loves this country so much he went into the service.
I not only love my grandpa but all of the other people that have fought for our country. I also love all of the people in Iraq right now. I love veterans because they love our country and are fighting for it.
Adam Stifter’s essay is about the American Vet
I know a veteran, but not personally. A veteran to me means an example of courage and a person who has helped form this great nation. A veteran is a person who can tell stories of what it was like to endure the conflicts which have affected this country that we so dearly love.
Even though they have endured hardship, they just kept on fighting for freedom and independence and to rid this world of tyranny and oppression. A veteran is a person who lays their life on the line for their country to be free. The veterans who lay so costly a sacrifice on the altar of freedom deserve to be honored. The veterans who fight deserve our thanks and gratitude for all they have done for us.
Although many movies have been made, the actors will never really know what is was like to get that feeling of achievement of serving their country. Though there are hard times, the veterans kept pressing on through thick and thin. Today, we thank you for all of your hard work and serving this dear country of ours.
Other essays submitted by Winsted fifth graders
By Megan Remer, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Elementary
Veterans mean a lot to me. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to know that you are going to the war and you might never get a chance to see your family again. And they do it all to save us! Millions of people die fighting for us.
I don’t understand people that don’t respect veterans, because they have done so much to help our country. Veterans mean a lot to me because they risk their lives to help us!
By Marquel Fleischacker
Holy Trinity Elementary
Just think . . . what if you were assigned in the dead of night to row six men over black waters to a shore from your battleship where a major battle was going on, not knowing if they would ever return.
This is what my grandpa, Joseph Mergen (Albany), had to do. He was told to wait about four hours in the boat for the men, if he didn’t come back on time the ship would leave without him.
He waited, after the time expired, he frantically rowed back over the dark waters to the ship, knowing that he had brought those six men to their death.
He was on the battleship named the U.S.S. Kid. This ship was attacked by a kamikaze pilot. What if you saw a plane swarming toward you and then, the ship rocks, sways, and creaks as fiery explosives blow up your ship while you’re running from the terrible scene. This happened to my grandpa several times.
My Grandpa’s brother was forced to go in the service, but my grandpa wasn’t. He volunteered to go because of the chance that he would be ale to be with his brother.
Health difficulties have led my grandpa to get confused and forget. But I will never forget the sacrifices he made and what a wonderful, kindhearted man he is. My grandpa is a veteran, and I am very proud of him.
By Wyatt Entinger
Holy Trinity Elementary
I know a veteran from World War II. He was my grandfather, and his name was Fred Entinger (Winsted).
My grandfather did not have to fight on the front line in WWII even though he filled out paperwork he made his way to corporal.
Since he was my grandfather he made me feel like anyone can make a difference in the world no matter how small or large the duties may be.
Being a veteran means that you’ve been through a lot in life between what you saw and what you heard. It also means that you care about your country.
I want to thank my grandfather and all the other veterans who were willing to sacrifice their lives for our country and our freedom.
By Jaime Johnson
Holy Trinity Elementary
My neighbor is a very dedicated veteran. He means a lot to me because he could have risked his life for our country.
One person could have changed our lives and I feel that he’s done that for me.
When you think about it, being in the service or fighting in a war isn’t as easy as they make it look. You can’t just dodge a bullet and you win the battle. It’s more than that.
I can’t even imagine all the training and backbone they must have to put into everything and all the hard work they’ve done.
It takes a lot of guts to even enter the service, knowing that your life might be in danger, but also knowing that it’s not just for you, it’s for your country.
When someone gets killed in the war it’s sad but somehow happy feeling, because you know that person was one step closer to peace.
When the war ends and we finally have peace, all those who are here with us and all those who have passed away will be thanked so much more than they are today. I just wanted to thank every one here today, and a special thank you to my neighbor, Chip Guggemos (Winsted).