The American Revolution Revelation

The American Revolution Revelation
by Miss Kristen Hammer

2007 Essay Contest Winning Essay
Category II, ages 13-18

As a child, I wished that I could live in American history. This past year, as I traveled through books into the American Revolution, my old longing returned. At my historical journey’s end, I realized that today differs little from then and that my wish came true.

Although living conditions, customs and technology have changed dramatically in America since her birth, much remains the same. Once again Americans are protecting freedom for future generations. Uncertainty clouds the future as it did then. Disagreement over the war still rages. Some say America should not fight. Others, like Patrick Henry, declare, “Gentlemen may cry peace, peace – but there is no peace…. Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?… Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!” Thus, twenty-first century Americans face issues that colonial Americans faced.

On my journey, I discovered that I am living history, not as it was in the American Revolution, but as it is today in 2007. While fearless Paul Revere no longer spies in Boston, valiant Molly Hays no longer carries her pitcher to wounded soldiers, wise George Washington no longer rides Mount Vernon’s grounds, and inspired Betsey Ross no longer pulls her needle, Americans today can imitate the Revolution’s heroes. I can still live as they lived. The Revolution’s true heroes lived to sacrifice themselves for God and country. No thoughts of living in history texts’ pages drove them through the struggles. Those men and women did what they believed was right – what they new Scripture declared right – for their families and their country’s future.

I want to emulate these heroes, and although I may never defend America on the battlefield, I now know that, whatever one’s tools are, part of the battle is doing the right thing for God and country. I want children someday to admire heroes not only from the Revolution but also from this millennium’s first decade. That is my new wish. That is the American Revolution revelation.

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