Shore to Observe Independence Day with Student Essay Contest & Public Ceremony July 3

June 18, 2019

Independence Day offers Americans an annual opportunity to reflect on our freedom and express our gratitude to those who protect freedom in America and around the globe. On July 3 at noon, Shore Medical Center will observe the federal holiday with its second annual Essay Contest & Celebration of Independence on the front lawn of Shore Medical Center along Bay Avenue. Students are invited to submit 150-word essays describing what freedom means to them by June 28 to Shore will select the top three essays, and those students will be invited to read their essays aloud at the ceremony. In addition, The Current Newspapers will print the winning essays in their July 4th editions.

The event will feature patriotic songs performed by Shore staff and family members, as well as poignant remarks from Fred Banner, Shore’s chief information officer and recipient of its 2019 DiOrio Award for his leadership and work on behalf of veterans. Banner will speak on the importance of freedom in our country and how much we owe to the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom. Student essay contest winners will then be invited to read their essays, and afterward everyone will be invited to enjoy free water ice. Veteran’s organizations are also invited to be a part of the ceremony and should contact Brian Cahill at 609.653.3527 or email to participate.