First Place Winner in the Middle School Division was….

Kaliah Evans!




You can read Kaliah’s prize winning essay below...

What Memorial Day Means To Me

           Before I start this essay I would like to say that I didn’t know much about Memorial Day before I did this essay. The research alone has made me aware of the things that I did not know a lot about. Memorial Day is important to me because a friend that I was close to was killed in a war. When I celebrate Memorial Day I think of my good friend and all the other war veterans who have lost their lives serving our country.

           Memorial Day was established on the date of May 5, 1868. This date was chosen because flowers would be in full bloom, to put on the graves of the deceased soldiers. One of the first visiting of the graces was from a group of women who visited a cemetery to put gifts on the graves of soldiers who were killed at the battle of Shiloh. Graves of the union soldiers were not tended to because they were the enemy but the group of women put some of their flowers on their grave to honor their deaths as well even though they were the enemy. Memorial Day was originally called decoration day. Memorial Day is on May 26. Memorial Day is held on the last Monday in May no matter the date. During the first celebration of Memorial Day General James Garfield presented a speech at the Arlington National Cemetery, 5,000 people honored 20,000 soldiers by decorating their graves.

           Even though my friend cannot be here with me today I will honor him and other soldiers who died in the war by celebrating Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a big deal to me because it shows me to be thankful to all the people who died fighting for our country.


Works Cited:

“Memorial Day History.” Research History. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2014. <          memorial-day-history/>.

“Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs.” Memorial Day History -. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2014. <http://>.