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Illinois students share their thoughts on Veterans Day

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

Winner essays:

Reece Duncan, 6th grader from Erie Middle School

Laticia McCray-Brown, 6th grader from Rock Island Academy


38th Senate District

Winner essays:

Katie Melzer, 7th grader Yorkville Middle School

Hannah McGhee, 8th grader from Immaculate Conception School


41st Senate District

Winner essay:

Marieclaire Popernik, LaGrange Highlands Middle School


59th Senate District

Winner essays:

Will Smiley, 8th grader from Lick Creek

Sarah Flick, 7th grader from Vienna

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