Children’s Memorial Day Essay Contest Winners

Each year, the Harding Township Civic Association sponsors a Children’s Memorial Day essay contest. The winners of the contest each receive a Certificate, a $100 cash prize and get to read their essay at an assembly of students.

On May 30, 1884, Oliver Wendall Holmes, lawyer, US Supreme Court Justice, writer, philosopher and soldier in the Civil War, delivered a Memorial Day speech in New Hampshire. His remarks are fitting today:

“One may fall…but in no other way can he reach the rewards of victory…Our dead brothers still live for us, and bid us think of life, not death…of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and joy of the spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again-our trumpets sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will.”

Our Harding Township students are learning to become part of that chorus of life and joy. In this year’s contest, the students were asked to write a work in prose or poetry, on the topic:

What Makes America Great?

The students in grades 1-8 rose to the challenge. We thank all students for their participation and congratulate the winners.

From left to right Sophia, Andrew, Baptiste and Jake.


The Civic Association would like to sincerely thank Harding Township School administration, school secretary, and it’s wonderful and dedicated teachers for their help and support for our students and our community.

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