Each Veterans Day, the American Legion Post 1250 Auxiliary in Florida, NY sponsors a contest for fourth and fifth graders at Golden Hill Elementary School. Students are asked to submit artwork in any medium they choose, using their imagination and heartfelt sentiments about “What Veterans Day Means to Me.”
There were two winners this year. Hailey Alessandrini included a poem and details about her great-grandfather and his service. A poster created by Nicholas Santantonio showed many things associated with service and included a heartfelt thank you.
This year the Legion received the largest amount of artwork since the contest began, making it very difficult for the judges to choose winners. The winners received tote bags filled with educational, nutritional and “fun” items. They were recognized at the service held at the Veterans Monument on Fri., Nov. 11 and everyone attending was invited to the Legion Hall to see all of the entries on display.
The Legion also received many handmade cards from all the students at Golden Hill Elementary School and the Florida Public Library. The cards were distributed to local veterans and there are so many more that the remainder are being given to veterans in residence at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, located at 130 Kingsbridge Rd. in Bronx, NY. The library also had many cards made by young people that they sent to the Castle Point VA Center, located at 41 Castle Point Rd. in Wappingers Falls, NY.