Monuments & Ceremonies announces winner of student Memorial Day writing contest
The Town of Darien's Monuments and Ceremonies Commission has chosen the poem written by Middlesex Middle School student Patrick Finnegan as the top entry in this year's Memorial Day Poem and Essay Contest.
The Commissioners extend our congratulations to Patrick and our thanks to all the students who submitted so many fine pieces.
The Commission acknowledges all the efforts made by Lucy Sandor, Kathryn Lindquist, and the many fine teachers at Middlesex Middle School that helped make this possible.
Patrick will be invite to read his poem aloud at the Dedication Ceremony at Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery immediately following the Memorial Day Parade on Monday.
They gave up everything
gave their lives
to protect Freedom
To uphold the Constitution
Of the United States of America
What it means
To be American
What if they gave up
Like many people do today
What would have happened to America
To the world
But they didn’t forget
People take the freedom
Tens of Thousands of men and women
Gave their lives
To uphold this freedom
Memorial day is about remembering
Remembering the men and women
Who gave the ultimate sacrifice
To protect the world from tyranny