DVIDS – News – NJROTC Zone 5 Cadet Receives 1st Place in VFW Essay Contest
YORKTOWN, Va .– On Thursday, December 17, 2021, the commanding officer of York High School NJROTC, Lt. Officer Cmdr. Himagowri Prasad, read her essay for 1st place to VFW Post 824 veterans. A native of Yorktown, Virginia, she is a senior who is looking to earn an electrical engineering degree from Northwestern or the University of Michigan. His essay below will now be passed to Virginia VFW District 1 for review.
The following is Cadet Himagowri’s essay:
“These are the times that test the souls of men. The summer soldier and the patriot of the sun, in this crisis, will shrink from the service of their country; but whoever supports it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily overcome; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Thomas Paine, the author of American Crisis (and previously cited), identified America’s fate from the birth of this nation. Since the beginning of this great country, America has always struggled. Never a utopian society, America has continually fought fiercely and resisted all obstacles thrown at the fifty shining stars that contrast with the red, white and blue on the flag which represents more than the stitches that unite our history, and as Paine said, during the country’s most difficult times, the only course of action the American people can and must take is to stand together. The more the conflict that Americans go through, persevere, the more glorious our triumphs.
Moreover, there is a drastic difference between America and the United States of America. While we often refer to a set of lands made up of two continents – North America and South America; a huge piece of land containing a diverse group of people, ideas, cultures and governments. The other, the United States of America, refers to the people of a country that formed the world’s first democracy. A group of people who banded together and fought for what they believed in throughout history, even if that meant forming a volunteer militia with little to no supplies.
From that momentous event of 1776, the United States of America went from the trenches of a revolution to building a nation from pieces, and even more than two centuries later, we are still in the process of to reshape the basis that our founding fathers laid out for us. Through it all, the fight-or-flight reaction of American citizens was constantly provoked. Yet the United States of America has drawn more support for the cause of strength and unity as immigration rates have skyrocketed over time and more and more have joined. our country, our fight, to become it.
Being united, as the great name of our country suggests, refers to being “united politically, for a common purpose or by common feelings.” While feelings and politics can become controversial, a goal is more than the obvious. Uniting for a common goal consists of objective and not subjective means.
Admiral McRaven, a notable retired Navy SEAL and author of the book Make Your Bed, points out in chapter two of his book, “If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.” In navigation, the crew and the skippers have different jobs, but have a common goal in mind: to finish first and be the best. Despite their feelings or personal methods, they must work together to cross the finish line first. Likewise, the citizens of the United States of America must work together, paddle together, to overcome any difficulties facing our nation. Set aside personal feelings and controversies. We are a team, a fight. If we are to change the world and be the best nation there is, we must be united, not divided. The United States of America has already been divided, which ended in civil wars, riots, and discord between our own friends and family.
Therefore, the division does not improve our country any further, it just puts us in shackles when we try to sail forward as one. From the irons we have sailed in over the past decade, we must work together to change course. Despite the different roles we may have in our individualistic lives, the citizens of the United States of America must join hands and move together in a new direction, a better direction to help us thrive as a country, in as parents, as class workers, and as one human race.
The NJROTC and the National Marine Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) are part of the Navy Citizenship Program. They are supervised by the Naval Service Training Command (NSTC), based at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois. The program seeks to instill in participating high school students the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. NJROTC and NNDCC strive to build a solid foundation of citizenship among future American leaders.
NJROTC and NNDCC units operate in over 600 high schools around the world with over 90,000 cadets participating.
For more information on NJROTC, visit www.njrotc.navy.mil/.
For more information on Naval Service Training Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/greatlakes/.
|Date posted:||12/21/2021 12:04 PM|
|Site:||YORKTOWN, Virginia, United States|
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