Andrew Fillmore's winning veterans essay rings true on Memorial Day Featured

Left to right: Andrew’s grandfather, Robert Bihn, Andrew Fillmore, and his mother Teresa Fillmore.

The Port Clinton Elk’s Lodge recently announced the winners of the Port Clinton and District Essay Contest. Andrew Fillmore, a seventh grade student at PCMS, won the seventh and eighth grade competition. Andrew’s essay, “What does Veterans Day mean to me?”, also received first place in the State of Ohio and will go on to the Elk’s National Essay Competition.

Andrew’s essay was written last fall, but the above photo is from the recent Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio event which took veterans to Washington D.C. on April 30. Andrew and his mom were welcoming Andrew’s grandfather home.

For Memorial Day, Andrew’s essay still rings true. Congratulations, Andrew!

What does Veterans Day mean to me?

Veterans Day is a very important day for our nation. It’s a day to look back at the very people who fought for all of us. They fought for the USA. They may have been scared, but they knew their fighting would keep our nation strong. They knew their lives were on the line; but they kept on marching. I think this determination deserves heartfelt admiration.

Sometimes I think of my grandpa and uncle, who were veterans, and of how hard it would be to lose them. Veterans Day is also a day to console families who have lost their loved ones. It’s a day of thanks for freedom and of hope for the future. These veterans deserve to be honored for the service they have done for our country. These courageous men and women deserve to have a day to be honored. There were veterans who risked their lives to help us; there were also ones who lost their lives for us. They did this because they knew they were leaving America in good hands. They wanted to help their nation live on- strong and proud. These people are truly amazing.

To me, Veterans Day is a chance to thank the soldiers who fought for me and to thank them for another reason. It’s a time to thank them for being my role models. These people showed what’s really important in life. If you believe in something, you should hold nothing back as you strive for your goal.

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