Vice Chair Crowley Announces Winner of 2016 Veterans Day Essay Contest

November 22, 2016
Press Release

Queens Student’s Essay to be Read into the Congressional Record

(Queens, NY) – On Monday November 21, 2016, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, announced the winner of the 2016 Veterans Day essay competition for students in New York’s 14th Congressional District. George Rivera, an 8th grade student at I.S. 61 in Corona, took top honors. His first place finish marks the third consecutive year the winner has come from the school. Crowley presented George with a statement to be entered into the Congressional Record and requested an American flag be flown over the U.S. Capitol in recognition of his essay.

“This competition is about giving the youth in our community an opportunity to reflect on and pay tribute to the sacrifices our brave service members make each and every day,” said Rep. Crowley. “In his essay, George candidly shares his own personal connections to our men and women in uniform. Having a brother who is currently a member of the armed forces has given George a unique perspective. And, at his young age, he’s able to eloquently describe the sacrifices that military families also make.”

“Families worry every single day and hope that their sister, brother, son, daughter, mother or father are okay,” wrote George in his essay. “On Veterans Day, I honor my brother and all U.S. soldiers that are serving.”

George called for respect of all soldiers at home and abroad, because “not everyone can be a soldier, so we should thank and love the soldiers who keep us and our families safe. Without them, our lives would be completely different and probably more dangerous.”

Crowley’s essay competition is open to students in grades 6-8 who live within the 14th Congressional District in Queens and in the Bronx. The contest asks students to write about what Veterans Day means to them.  

Congressman Crowley is the nine-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.