This is the 16th year of the Kiwanis “Interview a Veteran Essay Contest with over 14,000 students having interviewed veterans or active military and writing essays.
HARTFORD — When he wrote an essay about his uncle's experiences in the Vietnam War, David Harper didn't think his entry in the Connecticut Veterans Parade Essay Contest would win.
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According to Virginia War Memorial Education Director James Triesler, the 2016 Veterans Day Essay Contest commemorates the 60th anniversary of the opening and dedication of the Memorial. Students are requested to write a short personal essay of 400-500 words based on a quote from a speech given by famed World War II General Matthew B. Ridgeway at the dedication ceremony on February 29, 1956.
Another major aspect of the program encompassed recognition of the Veterans Day Essay Contest winners, comprised of students from school districts in Luzerne and Wyoming counties. Allen chaired the essay screening committee and introduced the students from grades 4 through 12 who authored winning essays on the topic of women in the military.