Lohman Community Outreach will host its annual youth essay contest next month titled “The True Meaning of Memorial Day.”
The contest, open to all Volusia County middle and high school students, was established to create an educational awareness involving youth in Volusia communities so that they can learn more about the service and sacrifice of the nation’s veterans and members of the military.
Essay submissions will be received April 1 through April 30 from students enrolled in Volusia area middle and high schools. Essay submissions from private, charter and home schools also will be accepted.
Winning essays will be announced at the Monday, May 29, Memorial Day Youth Essay Contest Awards Ceremony taking place at Daytona Memorial Park, 1425 Bellevue Ave., Daytona Beach.
A total of six prizes will be awarded; $500 will be awarded to one each middle and high school first-place winner; $200 will be awarded to one each first place runner-up at both middle and high school levels; and $100 will go to one each second place runner-up in both middle and high school levels.
Winning essays will be featured on the Lohman Funeral Homes, Cemeteries & Cremation website, social media page and other related print and electronic media.
Lohman Funeral Homes, Cemeteries & Cremation Manager, Jerry Hart said, “We are happy to announce our annual Memorial Day Youth Essay Contest for middle and high school students in Volusia County. The writing contest is designed to inspire area youth to remember local veterans and the freedom of our nation.
“Lohman Funeral Homes, Cemeteries & Cremation is committed to showing dedication and appreciation to veterans and members of the military,’’ he added.
Lohman Community Outreach is a program of Lohman Funeral Homes, Cemeteries & Cremation, 733 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach.