Although most aspiring writers battle with the question of what exactly they should write about, this question was hardly of any consequence for the winners of Essex County’s Senior Citizens Legacies essay contest.
All participants wrote with great craftsmanship, wit, feelings, and at times with a little humour; drawing heavily from a lifetime of experiences.
On Friday, May 27th, a luncheon was organized at the the Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove to honour the 4 winners; as well as the other entrants.
This contest has been held once every year since 1998; giving senior citizens a chance to recount significant incidences from their lives.
The director of the county’s division of senior services, Jaklyn De Vore, remarked while addressing a huge crowd that had gathered on Friday, “You got to tell us your stories. We really are so proud.”
Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., Essex County Hospital Executive, said that hearing the stories by the senior citizens was very touching for him as he had lost both his parents in the late 1980s in quick succession.
He said, “It means so much to me. It makes me reminisce about the days growing up with my mother and father.”
Three out of four winners read out their essays at the luncheon.
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