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From left: Commander Gary Kelch of VFW Post 7327, third place Patriot's Pen winner Nithin Bagal, first place Patriot's Pen winner Paarth Jain, U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, second place Voice of Democracy winner Gwendolyn Cardiff, first place Voice of Democracy winner Hanan Awel, teacher of the year Sheila Bruen, Ladies Auxiliary President Linda Bond, and third place Voice of Democracy winner Megan Marriott.

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Veterans Honor Area Residents

Local students, teacher, public safety officials, businesses recognized.

Paarth Jain, a sixth grader at Keene Mill Elementary, woke up early on Sunday to catch his 4 a.m. flight with his family from Miami to arrive at home in Springfield for a very special event he could not miss: the Springfield Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7327 and the Ladies Auxiliary awards ceremony honoring local students, a teacher, public safety officials and businesses at JW & Friends Restaurant in Springfield on Sunday, Feb. 12.

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