Emma Cochenour

Editor?s note: The Iowa Elks Association invites all sixth-graders to submit an essay on ?Our Flag - What it Means to Me.? The following essay was third place.


To me, the flag stands for our freedom, the soldiers who have fought, and that are still fighting for our country today. Each stripe stands for the 13 colonies, and the stars stand for all the wonderful 50 states. This flag will always have a place in my heart.

The white on our flag stands for the purity and innocence of the soldiers who have fought and that are still fighting today. The blue on the flag stands for overcoming difficulties. The red stands for the courage the soldiers have to fight for our country.

A memory I have of the American flag is getting to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C. When I was at Arlington Cemetery, I got to experience the protection and respect given to the tomb. When I was there, I felt very sad inside, but at the same time, I felt very thankful for the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our freedom we have today.

Because of the experience I had at Arlington Cemetery, I have learned the true meaning of the flag.

Every time I see it, I silently thank the soldiers who have fought and are still fighting for our country. This is why the flag will always mean something to me.


- Emma Cochenour, age 11, daughter of Karrie Cochenour. Emma lives in Milton and attends Van Buren Community Schools.