Region - posted Sep, 04 2013
REGION - Connecticut middle school students are invited to enter a contest to express what the heroism and commitment of American veterans mean to them. The top winner of the contest will ride in the 14th annual Connecticut Veterans Parade on Sunday, Nov. 3. All Connecticut sixth, seventh and eigth-graders may 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 sponsor 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. One of the top winner’s prizes will be to ride in the Nov. 3 parade in a special vehicle. The contest entry deadline is Friday, Oct. 4. The contest is one of the components of the 14th annual Connecticut Veterans Parade to be held in downtown Hartford, on Sunday, Nov. 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.