The Delphos Eagles Lodge 471 recently held its annual God, Flag and Country speech contest. Winners were, from left: 10-11 year olds, Myles Moody; 12-13 year olds, Kylee Dienstberger; and 14-15 year olds, Nicholas Curth. These are also the District 24 winners and they will travel to Wakakoneta on April 14 to compete in the North West Zone Competition. (Submitted photo)
The Delphos Eagles Lodge 471 recently held its annual God, Flag and Country speech contest. Winners were, from left: 10-11 year olds, Myles Moody; 12-13 year olds, Kylee Dienstberger; and 14-15 year olds, Nicholas Curth. These are also the District 24 winners and they will travel to Wakakoneta on April 14 to compete in the North West Zone Competition. (Submitted photo)

DELPHOS — The Delphos Eagles Lodge 471 recently held its annual God, Flag and Country speech contest.

Winners were: 10-11 year olds, Myles Moody; 12-13 year olds, Kylee Dienstberger; and 14-15 year olds, Nicholas Curth.

These are also the District 24 winners and they will travel to Wakakoneta on April 14 to compete in the North West Zone Competition.

Here are the winning God, Flag and Country speeches:

Is God Still in Our Country?

Myles Moody

St. Mary of the Assumption

1st place, ages 10-11

On April 19, 1775, about 700 British soldiers marched into Lexington Massachusetts. They planned to arrest American leaders and find the weapons that the colonists had hidden. The British planned to surprise the colonists. Paul Revere and two other men warned the militia in Massachusetts. They were know as minutemen. The colonists later won the battle. The war of Great Britain had just begun. On May 10, 1775, the Continental Congress became the governing body of the United States during the American Revolution. They met and decided to form an army. One of Virginia’s delegates, Thomas Jefferson, was asked to write a statement about why the colonists wanted to break away from Great Britain. He then wrote the Declaration of Independence.

Jefferson wrote: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” What he meant by inalienable rights are the rights can not be give or taken away. God our creator gave us life, freedoms and happiness when he created us, therefore; no man can make a decision to take them away.

Following the war, George Washington was elected president. He is known as the “Father of our Country” and he was a Christian. He believed the future of the United States would be determined by how close we stayed to the Lord. God spoke through George Washington to have him say that, but to also trust in him and that he will take care of everything. God helped George Washington build our nation. We need to stay close to what our founding fathers started our nation on.

Today we have gotten away from looking to God when we have problems, so we need to redirect out attention towards him. We need to love our neighbor just as our Father loves us. We need to work together as a country to bring back leaders that will respect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, just as Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence 242 years ago.

The Lincoln Memorial

Kylee Dienstberger

1st place, ages 12-13

Have you ever wanted to see something from about 100 years ago? Well, the thing to see is the Lincoln Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial was built in 1922 by Henry Bacon and Daniel Chester French. It is located in Washington, D.C.

You can visit the Lincoln Memorial 24 hours a day and seven days a week; however, rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The Lincoln Memorial consists of 36 enormous columns. Inside is a huge statue of Abraham Lincoln. Above his head is an inscription that reads: “In his temple as in the hearts of the people for whom he saves the union the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.”

The Lincoln Memorial was built to honor the 16th president of the United States: Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln is known for doing great things like issuing the Emancipation Proclamation that declares that “all people held as slaves within any State, shall be in rebellion against the United States, thenceforward, and forever freed.” He was also known for being instrumental in the passage of the 13th amendment, which made slavery unconstitutional. Finally, he is known for leading the United States through the Civil War.

There are many fun facts about the Lincoln Memorial that I found interesting. One fact is that Lincoln’s arm sits on a Roman symbol. Also, under the Lincoln Memorial there’s a basement where steel and concrete columns are decorated with construction workers. Another fact is that the Lincoln Memorial was the second Lincoln sculpture built. The last fact is that there are 58 steps on the memorial.

I would love to visit the Lincoln Memorial. It is a landmark that means a lot to our country. In conclusion, Abraham has made a huge impact on our country for those reasons and many more.

Forgotten Founding Fathers

Nicholas Curth

1st place, ages 14-15

Richard Lee. Abraham Clark. Thomas Nelson. Do any of these famous names sound familiar to you? No. How about Thomas Jefferson. John Hancock. Benjamin Franklin? All of these names are the names of American heroes, signers of the Declaration of Independence and traitors.

All 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence knew what they were risking: their lives, the lives of their family and everything they owned. Each had more to lose from a revolution than to gain from one. Many of these men were men of great wealth and status. Benjamin Franklin once said, “We must, indeed, all hang together or most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” Stephen Hopkins noted as he signed the Declaration: “My hand trembles, but my heart does not.”

John Hancock, one of the wealthiest men of his time, already had a price on his head, but he signed the Declaration in big elegant letters so the King could now double the bounty. Hancock may have already had a price on his head, but not all of the signers were victims of vicious manhunts.

Remember Thomas Nelson? His life was forever changed after he signed the Declaration. When American militia were destroying a soon-to-be British-occupied town and they spared his home, Nelson took a cannon and destroyed his own home and everything he owned. He died in poverty just a few years later.

What about Abraham Clark? What did he sacrifice? Well, Abraham Clark had two sons fighting in the Navy. However, they were imprisoned on a British ship. The British, knowing that they were Clark’s sons, treated them even more harshly. Soon, Abraham Clark was given a choice to free his two sons if he revoked his signature on the Declaration. Now think about that for a minute. What if your children were going to be executed and you had a chance to save their lives? Would you do it? Absolutely! Well, Abraham Clark looked at his sons and then turned to the soldier and said, “No.” Abraham Clark was willing to watch his two sons die rather than go against the Declaration which he believed in so strongly.

All 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were men chosen of God. Because of them, we are all endowed with the same rights that they were willing to die for. I ask you today, America: Are you willing to die for your country? Thank you!