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Paige Anita Alek-Finkelman

Navy daughter

Nov. 6, 2012 - 02:02PM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 6, 2012 - 02:02PM  |  
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My dad has served in our Navy for as long as I can remember. Being a military kid makes me proud and it shapes the way I see life. I'm thankful for those that serve to give us peace and security from our enemies. My dad's job is hard but important. It takes sacrifice and courage to protect the way we live and the freedoms that we have. I've learned to do what's right, in faith to be an example to others. My dad is my example.

My dad's job inspires me to love my country and to be thankful for where I live and the freedoms we have, to believe in what we love (where in other countries, you would not have those freedoms). I've been to many parades; they help me to celebrate and remember that America stands firm because of our military. I've also been to five homecomings and it shows me that soldiers love this country and want to protect it so much that they leave home for months and sometimes longer, which makes me want to protect it too.

The military has given me a heart of compassion toward other people and has inspired me to do things I wouldn't have done otherwise. I place my hope for others over myself. Because we move a lot, I can encourage my classmates and neighbors who are new to the neighborhood or school. I know how it feels to be the new kid in town. This year, I helped a new girl named McKenna. She was sad and thought our teacher was mean. So, I told her that all the teachers in the school were actually not mean at all. I made sure to play with her at recess and she felt better. I think it's best to give more than I receive. I practiced that when my dad was in Iraq. Four years ago, I saw a picture of my dad handing out candy to Iraqi kids. I was confused and surprised to see the kids in the picture didn't have shoes on their feet. My Mom told me they couldn't afford any. My Mom and I thought we could ask our friends to collect, donate and help buy shoes, soccer balls, school supplies, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and toys. We packed and sent large care packages to my dad's squadron and they were able to deliver them to the boys and girls they saw each day. I felt really happy to help them. I'm glad that the kids around the world can trust our Navy and that our Navy does great things for those who have less than we do.

I am proud to be a military kid. I have learned many things from my dad and what he does for the country I love. I want to be an example to all kids (military or not). They can have the same love for others, our country and military as I do.

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