Greenwood Events
Thursday, March 29th, 2001

Greenwood VFW dinner
The VFW Post 7478 of Greenwood will hold its annual BBQ Beef and Chicken dinner on Sunday, April 1, from noon to 4 p.m. Adults $6.50; 6 to 12 half price ($3.25); children under six free. Take out orders available. Greenwood VFW Post on Governor's Avenue. Public is invited.

Cleanup set for B'ville
According to Lori Rider, coordinator of the Bridgeville community playground building project, the playground gets heavy use. The enthusiasm that its construction generated still lingers, as evidenced by the fact that volunteers have gathered three times since then to clean the playground and to check its equipment. Volunteers will give the playground a spring cleaning next weekend, beginning Friday, April 6, at noon and Saturday, April 7, at 8 a.m. Lunch will be served Saturday. Activities will include spreading new mulch and sanding wooden handrails. "We want people to remember how great it was when we built the playground," Rider said. "We want them to remember the camaraderie, remember those friends they made during the construction and pick up the phone and ask them to join us." The playground is located on Market Street, next to the police station. For details, call Rider at 337-7604.

Paper on patriotism wins national award
AnnaLisa Winston, representing VFW Post 7478 of Greenwood, won the district and state awards and came in sixth in the nation for her youth essay, "What Does it Mean to be Patriotic?" She received a $2,500 savings bond for placing sixth in the nation. Kirsten Winston, AnnaLisa's sister, won the district and state Voice of Democracy contest sponsored by the VFW. The national winners of the VOD contest have not been announced. This is the first time members of the same family and from the same post have won these contests in the same year. The winners were recognized at a statewide dinner at the Newark VFW Post 3420 on Sunday, March 11. AnnaLisa and Kirsten are home-schooled by their parents, Dr. Brad and Lisa Winston, who were present at the dinner. AnnaLisa and Kirsten read their winning essays. Members of the Greenwood VFW Post 7478 who attended the celebration were commander Edith Vincent, quartermaster Bob Manning and auxiliary president Connie Manning. AnnaLisa's essay follows: What does it mean to be patriotic? To me, patriotism is an attitude of the heart. Patriotism is a zeal, a great excitement, an enthusiasm for our country. It is the excitement that causes me to rise when I hear our national anthem played. It is the zeal I have for my country, the pride I have in being an American. Patriotism is seen in the love, loyalty and support I give my country. America is a great nation deserving respect. I am proud to be an American and to live in this free country. I proudly fly the American flag and am thankful that I have the many liberties I do today. When I say the pledge of allegiance, I remember that we do live with "liberty and justice for all." I am proud when I see the words "In God We Trust" written on our currency. When I hear our national anthem played, I rise because I am so privileged to live in America. As the well-known country song says, "I'm proud to be an American, 'cause at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died to give that right to me... God bless the USA!" I support my country by celebrating its national holidays. American patriots sacrificed lives and fortunes so that I could be free and have the many liberties that I enjoy. These holidays are a memorial to the many Americans who gave their lives so that I may live in this free country. Being loyal to my country means I am faithful to my country's leaders. We have just voted for the President of the United States of America. This person will lead our country for four years and Americans need to honor him. Although I am not yet old enough to vote, I take interest in and learn about the candidates and what they believe so that when I am of age, I can participate in our country's decisions. So what does it mean to be patriotic? As William Tyler Page, an American patriot said, "I therefore believe that it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies." This is the attitude of my heart and what I believe to be the substance of patriotism.