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2017 Memorial Day Parade & Essay Contest

Date: April 11, 2017

Seymour Remembers 2017 Memorial Day Parade

The Seymour Remembers Memorial Day parade will be held on Sunday, May 28, 2017.  This year's parade will commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I. Entertainment will begin at the grandstand on Main Street at 10:30 AM by the group Performing Arts, prior to the start of ceremonies at 11 AM.  The parade will step off at 11:30 AM at French Memorial park.  It will proceed from the park to Route 67 (New Haven Road) to the downtown area continuing onto Main Street to Broad Street.  It will cross the Broad Street bridge and disband at the Seymour Community Center at 20 Pine Street.  Hot dogs will be served at the Congregational Church by its members after the parade.  There will be a dress up your dog contest with a prize awarded. A fireman's trophy will also be given to the firehouse with the best apparatus and marching unit. Anyone wishing to volunteer on the day of the parade are asked to call Alex Danka at (203) 464-4345 or John Stelma at (203) 888-3104.

Seymour Remembers 2017 Memorial Day Essay Contest

  1. The contest is for all interested Seymour students in grades 4-8.
  2. Students who enter the contest must be willing to participate in the award ceremony during the Seymour Memorial Day parade on May 28 at 11:30 AM.  Winners are strongly encouraged to read their essay at the parade; if they are uncomfortable doing so a representative can be selected to read the winning essay.
  3. All essays should be more than 100 words but less than 250 words.
  4. The essay should depict the author’s impression of this year’s topic, “What Memorial Day means to my family and me.”
  5. All essays must be submitted by May 1.
  6. Essays should be submitted to the student’s social studies teacher for Seymour Middle School participants.  Elementary students may hand theirs in to their classroom teacher.  Essays should be submitted without their name written in on them.
  7. Each essay will be coded by the teacher so the judges will not know who wrote the essay.
  8. The Seymour Middle School teachers will select the top 10 essays from their school.  Bungay and Chatfield-LoPresti teachers will select the top 5 essays from each of their schools.  The Memorial Day Committee, in partnership with the VFW, will then select the top 2 essays from the Middle School as well as the top 2 elementary school essays.
  9. The elementary and middle school winner will each receive a plaque and a cash award.  The honorable mention essay writers from each category will receive a plaque.