Why I honor the American flag

CONNER COSTA Erin Tierney/The Creswell Chronicle

Editor's Note: Conner Costa, eighth grader at Lincoln Middle School in Cottage Grove, recently won the local VFW Patriot's Pen contest, after writing this winning essay on why he honors the American flag. Costa read his speech at the VFW potluck dinner on Friday, Dec. 7 at the Creswell VFW Hall, where local contest winners were recognized, and the Attack on Pearl Harbor was remembered.

The American flag stands for everything to me. It represents our country as a whole. It . . .