12-year-old reads award-winning essay as part of Veterans Day in Hoboken


A 12-year-old student at the Hoboken Charter School won her school’s first Veterans Day essay writing contest and she read the piece at Elysian Park in front of dozens of people, including veterans, earlier today. 


The well-attended event, which included veterans, officials and members of the public alike, saw American Legion Post 107 Commander John Carey act as the master of ceremonies.

He talked about what he feels are some of the struggles veterans are dealing with in the United States during this day and age.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer spoke about the city’s affordable housing initiatives aimed towards veterans before introducing Josephine Conlon – a 12-year-old 7th grader at Hoboken Charter School who won their First Annual Veteran Day Essay Contest.

She received a certificate and an American flag flown in her honor as her prizes. Conlon’s full speech will be included in a separate post.

We also had a chance to chat with a couple veterans before calling it a day.