Second Place Runner-Up in the High School Division was….
You can read Logan’s prize winning essay below...
What I Think of When I Think of Memorial Day
Memorial Day; a day at which we remember the fallen heroes and courageous men and women who laid down their lives on the battle field and helping all branches, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army, and Coast Guard. We remember the deaths of soldiers from The Civil War, World War 1, World War 2, Korean War, Vietnam War, The Gulf War, The War in Afganistan, and the Iraq War; there were over 1,343,812 deaths, 1,529,230 wounded and 38,159 prisoners of war and missing in action soldiers. Every Memorial Day my grandfather would take me to see his brother that died in the war right beside him.
“We were under immediate fire and we ducked right beside each other, we knew we were both there but we didn’t say anything to each other. I looked at him and said “When we get home I’m going to buy you a Budweiser.” Sounds good says my grandfather’s brother. A loud thump came beside him, it was an enemy soldier, my grandfather’s brother ran to the enemy soldier but was stabbed through the chest with a bayonet. My grandfather shot through his own brother to kill a high ranking officer Nazi. The brother fell so did the Nazi, he was dead. When my grandfather came back to America every memorial day he would drive and leave a Budweiser on his little brother’s grave. Ever since my grandfather died I have gone to Arlington, D.C. to visit my grandfather’s brother. My grandfather died of cancer when I was 9 years old. But when I am older and have the time I will visit my grandfather and leave a Budweiser on his grave and I will always remember the story of “The lonely Budweiser”. I will tell my children this story and they will pass it down to their children. That is what I think of when I think of Memorial Day.
Wikipedia, Wars including America
Washington Post Database of U.S. Service-Member Casualties, McGavock Confederate Cemetery.