Student Writers can enter Veterans Essay Contest

Honoring our Veterans with the help of our scholars ~

Please share this with your favorite middle school scholar.  They can win a chance to have their essay showcased at a major Veterans Day event in our state.  Honoring our past, present and future.

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First Place Winner will Ride in 2012 Connecticut Veterans Parade

HARTFORD, CONN., September 5, 2012Connecticut middle school students still have time 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 13th annual Connecticut Veterans Parade on Sunday, November 4, 2012.

All Connecticut 6th, 7th and 8th 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 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.

Entrants will write a one-page essay entitled “What It Means to be a Veteran.” A panel of judges will select one (1) top essay winner and two (2) runners-up. One of the top winner’s prizes will be to ride in the parade in a special vehicle. The contest entry deadline is Friday, September 28, 2012.

The contest is one of the components of the 13th annual Connecticut Veterans Parade to be held in Downtown Hartford, Conn. on Sunday, November 4 (one full 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.

Essay contest entry rules and applications are available on-line at both www.ctveteransdayparade.org or at www.ct.gov/ctva, or by calling (860) 653-4484.

To be eligible to enter the 2012 Connecticut Veterans Parade Essay Contest, candidates must:

  • Be a 6th, 7th or 8th grade student for the 2012-2013 school year;
  • Be a legal resident of the State of Connecticut;
  • Limit entries to one entry per person;
  • Write an original essay entitled: “What It Means to be a Veteran.”
  • Limit the essay to 500 words or less;
  • All essays must be e-mailed no later than Friday, September 28, 2012 to:



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