Three high school students and three from intermediate schools were honored recently by Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher and the Township Council for winning prizes in the annual Veterans Day Essay Contest sponsored by VFW Post 6063 in Toms River. Students were asked to write 300 to 400 words on the theme, "What Freedom Means to Me."
When: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11
Where : Government Services Building
Featured Speaker: Capt. J. David Walsh (USNR retired). Currently a circuit judge with the Seventh Judicial Circuit.
New this year: Military organization will have booths in the parking lot behind the monument. Local National Guard representative will have equipment on display. Flagler Unit is currently deployed in Afghanistan.
Awards: Flagler County Veteran of the Year will be announced and the winner of the Flagler Schools Veterans Day Essay contest will be recognized.
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The Veterans Day essay contest was open to students in grades 5-8 residing or attending any school within the City of Hoboken. Additional winners were named from each school participating in the contest, including Jaime Rodriguez from Connors School, Jayson Lombardo from Calabro School, and Julienne Trent from Hoboken Catholic Academy.
3 p.m.: Veterans Day observance ceremony begins in the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion, led by the Parade of Flags featuring fourth grade students from Mobile and Baldwin counties. Emily Danforth, 2015 Miss University of Mobile, will perform the National Anthem and will then be joined by the USS Alabama Crewmates for the Pledge of Allegiance. 2015 Distinguished Young Woman Maire Nakada of Alaska will serve as keynote speaker. The 2014 Veterans Day essay contest winners, Emily McEniry of Bayside Academy and Tess Bodiford of Knollwood Christian School, will be reading their winning essays during the program. The Baker High School Band will be performing patriotic music for the event. The Satsuma ROTC and Mobile Azalea Trail Maids will also participate.