Sacrifice and Perseverance

Sacrifice and Perseverance in the Face of True Danger
by Miss Kelsie Kincell

2007 Essay Contest Winning Essay
Category I, ages 8-12

Men in the colonial era made many sacrifices to secure American liberty. Even when facing dangers, defeat, hardships, and death, they persevered.

One of the best examples of sacrifice is the winter of 1777-1778, commonly known as the hardships of George Washington’s army at Valley Forge. Many men in the camp were without clothing, food, blankets, tents, shoes, and many other necessities. George Washington stated, “For the want of shoes their marches through frost and snow might be traced by the blood from their feet, and they were almost as often without provisions as with them.”

In the midst of difficult circumstances, the army, under General Washington’s command, persevered with much bravery. Even while limbs were being amputated because of frostbite, every man persevered to give this country, the United States of America, liberty. Washington wrote to a congressional delegate, saying, “…It may be said that no history now extant can furnish an instance of an army’s suffering such uncommon hardships as ours has done, and bearing them with the same patience and fortitude. Their submitting without a murmur is a proof of patience and obedience which in my opinion can scarce be paralleled.”

Why should we remember what happened at Valley Forge? Sacrifice and perseverance should be recognized, admired, and sought after. We should be grateful that, in the midst of turmoil and hardship, Washington’s army persevered by the grace of God, and because of their sacrifice we have freedom and liberty in our country.

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