The entries for the Maple Heights News Memorial Day coloring contest.

Memorial Day Coloring Contest Winner

The kids who attended Councilman Bill Brownlee’s free Community Cookout yesterday for lunch were in for a special treat: a coloring contest. Maple Heights News sponsored a coloring contest that focused on teaching our next generation about the significance of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day - Coloring Contest WinnerThe picture is in the public domain and was attained through the Library of Congress (see Wikipedia). The artwork first appeared in a periodical in the first few years of the 20th century. It depicts two children sitting next to the graves of soldiers and the boy is saying, “You bet I’m goin’ to be a soldier, too, like my Uncle David, when I grow up.”

This picture afforded the chance to talk about the history of Memorial Day. We told them how it used to be called “Decoration Day” because it was the day for commemorating the fallen by decorating their graves. This was new and meaningful to the children.

As it turns out, the young lady who won our contest is not only is blessed with an artistic gift but also has a father wise enough to seize the opportunity to teach her about the day. We overheard Fiona Gump’s father telling her about Decoration Day as she colored her picture. Congratulation Fiona! And good job, Dad!

Maple Heights News was proud to partner with Council Brownlee in teaching our children to value the things that matter most.

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