Students from different regions of the state stepped up to participate in a Veterans Day essay contest where they were able to share their thoughts on the importance of our service men and women, the significance of Veterans Day, honoring our veterans and what courage means to them.
Please click below to read this moving essays from young people who took time to reflect on the purpose of Veterans Day and the sacrifices that come with protecting our nations and our freedoms.
36th Senate District
Reece Duncan, 6th grader from Erie Middle School
Laticia McCray-Brown, 6th grader from Rock Island Academy
38th Senate District
Katie Melzer, 7th grader Yorkville Middle School
Hannah McGhee, 8th grader from Immaculate Conception School
41st Senate District
Marieclaire Popernik, LaGrange Highlands Middle School
59th Senate District
Will Smiley, 8th grader from Lick Creek
Sarah Flick, 7th grader from Vienna