Emancipation Proclamation

No person alive today, heard the Emancipation Proclamation spoken from President Lincoln's mouth or felt the feeling of freedom and hope that the slaves felt in 1863, but I feel as if I can at least imagine a feeling very close to how the slaves felt in that time period. I was born in China and lived in an orphanage for the young months of my life. China does not have many freedoms for its citizens - let alone its female and orphaned citizens. When I was older, I was adopted and brought into the United States. Coming to the United States meant freedom, opportunity and hope. The slaves had very little freedom, and becoming freed in that time period meant the same to the slaves as it meant for me to come to America. The Emancipation Proclamation means freedom, opportunity, and hope.

The Emancipation Proclamation grants freedom, and freedom leads to opportunity. As a result of the Emancipation Proclamation, (and other factors such as the Union winning the Civil War, the 13th amendment and other contributing factors) no person in the United States is allowed to hold slaves and therefore everyone is free. People are free to pursue the career that they wish. They are allowed to choose what kind of life they live out. I take advantage of a multitude of opportunities that the United States offers such as sports, a top of the line education, and a job of my choice. Every day I am thankful for the liberties and opportunities that United States' citizens are granted, and thanks to the Emancipation Proclamation all people are able to experience the wonderful opportunities that the United States offers. The Emancipation Proclamation is freedom and opportunity.

In addition to freedom and opportunity, the Emancipation Proclamation means hope. It gives me hope that throughout time the world will find the right thing to do. The Emancipation Proclamation encourages me to believe that eventually all evil will be demolished. Ralph Emerson claims that "Slavery is no scholar, no improver; … it does not improve the soil; everything goes to decay". Slavery is not fair, good, or right in any way. In a letter, Abraham Lincoln says that "If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong". It took over 200 years to abolish slavery in the land that is now known as the United States, but thanks to the Emancipation Proclamation the evil was rid. The Emancipation Proclamation gives me hope that eventually time and willful people like the abolitionists, union soldiers, and Abraham Lincoln, will rot away all evil.

The Emancipation Proclamation to me means freedom and opportunity in life to all, and hope for a future free of evil.

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What does it mean to be an Eagle Scout?

The Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Scouts BSA program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It takes years to meet all the requirements necessary to achieve this rank. Only four percent of Boy Scouts have been granted this rank after a lengthy review process. To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, the Boy Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, the Eagle Scout must demonstrate Scout Spirit and an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages.

The Eagle Scout is presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, which is awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership, and merit badge requirements. Earning the Boy Scout's Highest Honor, The EAGLE SCOUT rank has caught the attention of some of the highest ranking people in the United States, including the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

Other dignataries and past presidents have also recognized the explemplary honor earned by Sean Zimmerman.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Secretay of Veterans Affairs - Robert Wilke Senator Pat Toomey United States Coast Guard Academy
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