Tonight the St. Charles County Veterans Museum was honored to host the Winners of an Essay Contest from Assumption Elementary School sponsored by the St. Barnabas Men’s Club.  The essay contest titled, What a Veteran Means to Me.  First Place received a cash award for $100.00, second place $50.00 and third place $25.00 from the Men’s Club.  Mayor Bill Hennessey and principal Dr. Pat Hensley were in attendance to make the presentations.

The essay contest was for the 7th and 8th grade classes.  There were 87 essays entered in the contest.  Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all students who turned in an essay! 

3rd Place Mariah
A veteran is a person who has served in a military force, but to me that’s not all they do!  To me, a veteran is a person with a brave heart, a kind spirit and courageous mind.  Veterans are away from their families and friends for weeks and sometimes years, but they fight for our freedom, no matter the cost.  It weren’t for veterans, America would not be the same!  They go out on that battlefield, load their guns, and fight for us and our country.  Some veterans might not even make it home and die alone, but they die with dignity and honor.  Veterans inspire others and make the world a safe and better place.  I’ve never had bullets fly by my head before, but I’ve experienced freedom because of the men and women who did. 

2nd Place Cooper
Veterans are an inspiration to me.  When I think about a Veteran, the first thing that comes to mind is a life saver.  Someone who puts their life on the line to save someone else’s.  I appreciate them most because of their courage.  The pain frightens them, but they know what they are fighting for.  A Veteran is my inspiration.  They inspire me to keep moving forward and that anything is possible.  They push me to do great things in life.  To help someone in need, just like they do. A famous quote from Douglas MacArthur says, “The soldier above all prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”  His quote is meaningful to me because it shows that if you put all your effort into what you care for you can achieve great things.  Every year we honor Veterans for one day.  On that day, we should honor them because a Veteran deserves a lot. 

1st Place Mia
What does a Veteran mean to me?  A Veteran is one who is wise, one who has served, one that has helped the nation grow.  A veteran is one who is willing to sacrifice and do the impossible.  Veterans are ones who honor, have courage, respect and persevere.  Veterans are our heroes, they deserve our celebration and appreciation.  They risked their lives just to save ours from the threats the world could bring.  Although some are blessed enough to still be here today, they say the genuine heroes are those who didn’t return from the war.  Remember Veterans, for they have made this nation proud. 

Please contact the St. Charles County Veterans Museum Oral History project at or call 636-294-2657 for more information and lets’ talk. We want to hear from you because we know…Every Veteran has a story.