Two students honored for their tributes to veterans

Florida. Vittoria Damiani and Sierra Grove use art to express 'What Veterans Day Means To Me.'

| 17 Nov 2019 | 01:00

Veterans Day 2019 brought great sunshine to help honor all those who served and are serving to keep us safe.

The Florida American Legion Post 1250 held a rousing service at the Veterans monument opening with the Cub Scouts reciting the Pledge and closing with the National Anthem sung by Allyson Frank.

Speakers told of the perils of war, the price of freedom, the cost of being on the home front and the meaning of Veterans Day.

Orange County Legislator Paul Ruszkiewicz and Village of Florida Mayor Daniel Harter Jr. also spoke of the meaning of service and gave thanks to all veterans.

Each year the Florida American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1250 holds a contest: ”What Veterans Day Means To Me.”

The contest is open to fourth- and fifth-graders who are encouraged to use any art medium to express their definition of the day.

The response this year was exceptional and made the choice of one winner in each grade very difficult.

The fourth-grade winner was Vittoria Damiani. She used handprints in red and blue to design banners with stars. Each of the photos included in her art work were family members who have served or are serving. One photo was her great-grandfather.

The fifth-grade winner was Sierra Grove. Her artwork included not only a soldier in uniform but she used the first letters of the word ‘”soldier” to describe what their actions meant to her. It was a touching tribute to the armed forces.

Each winner was presented with a tote bag filled with both educational and fun items.