Dominic Lewis, 10 and a Sayville resident and student in Sunrise Drive Elementary School, recently won the annual Veterans “Red, Write and Blue” essay contest sponsored by Cona Elder Law, an elder law firm in Melville.
Receiving nearly 500 entries from 30 LI school districts on the topics "My Military Hero" and “What America Means to Me”, Cona Elder Law awarded Dominic a $ 100 gift card and certificate during their Veterans celebration at the LI State Veterans Home in Stony Brook.
"We selected Dominic's essay because of how clearly he expressed his thoughts about what his uncle went through and his reaction to those experiences," says Melissa Negrin-Wiener, Esq., partner at Cona Elder Law. For example, Dominic learned that even after leaving the service his uncle attended the funerals of hundreds of soldiers to complete the 21 gun salute. As Dominic saluted the crowd, it was evident that he had a new appreciation for his military hero.
Dominic's mother Jeana Lewis encouraged him to write the essay as she says "it was a good exercise to help him improve his writing. It was also a good way for him to learn more about his uncle."
The Salute to Veterans, Red Write and Blue Essay Contest gives young people the opportunity to learn more about their country and the freedoms and liberties they enjoy every day. This type of intergenerational program gives our youth the chance to learn from their heroes, the very people who made this country what it is today.
Cona Elder Law is recognized as a leading elder law and estate planning firm on Long Island. The firm was ranked the #1 Elder Law firm by Long Island Business News for 4 consecutive years (2012 – 2015) and was a finalist in the 2015 HIA Business Achievement Awards. The firm provides creative advocacy and cutting edge planning strategies and has been featured in many publications including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, L.I. Business News, Investor’s News Daily, USA Today, The Daily News, The New York Post, Kiplinger’s, Reader's Digest and many others. Cona Elder Law attorneys have appeared as guests on WNBC-TV, WABC-TV, CNN-fn, News 12, WLNY News 55 and many radio stations including WOR, WCBS AM, WBAB and WFAN.