On Monday-1- May the Bogota VFW Ralph Hall Post #5561 held its annual Loyalty Day event. .This is a day that is use to recognize the heritage of American Freedoms. In honour of this day the Bogota VFW awarded winners in their "Patriot's Pen" writing contest. This is open to Students in 6st to 8th grade. The second award was the " Voice of Democracy" which is open to High School Students. The theme this year was "The America I Believe In" for the Patriot's Pen category. While the High School Student essay was "My Responsibility to America" Before the winners were announced Post Commander Alex Hernandez talked a bit about the meaning of Loyalty Day, and how it grows beyond honoring the Women and Men Armed Services that protect the freedom of United States , which includes those that choose to protect in every day way like the Police, Firefighter, Emergency Service workers. He also said that this day also honors the Parents and Teachers of the Students would help the younger people of today learn the importance of the Freedom America has to offer.
Next Nicole Occhiogrosso sang "American Anthem" before the winners were announced. For the Patriot's Pen four Students were recipients of this years award. They were from 6th grade Mateo Orachena of St. Joseph's School. For 7th Grade Colette Roche of St.Joseph's School. From 8th Grade Daniele Naham of St.Joseph's School. And from 7th grade Alexander Rojas of Bogota High School. The winner of the "Voice of Democracy" was Joanna Garcia a Sophomore at Bogota High School. Each of the winning essays were read aloud by their Author's. And each received a cash prize from the VFW.