All Connecticut 6th, 7th and 8th graders can enter the statewide essay contest that salutes the contributions of U.S. veterans. The Navy League of the United States – Hartford Council and the State of Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs are sponsoring this special project to encourage middle school students to learn more about the heroism and importance of American servicemen and women throughout our nation’s history.
The 2012 first place contest winner was Daniel Williams of Hamden Middle School in Hamden.
Entrants will write a one-page essay entitled “Why Do We Honor Veterans?” A panel of judges will select one top essay winner and two runners-up. The deadline for entries is Friday, October 4.
The contest is one of the components of the 14th Connecticut Veterans Parade to be held in Downtown Hartford on Sunday, November 3 (one week before the national observance of the holiday) starting at 12:30 p.m. The annual procession is New England’s largest veterans parade and one of the largest salutes to veterans in the entire U.S.