Photo courtesy of Rachel Steinberger
In 1945, Adolph and Helen Kemper purchased a small piece of land on Mamaroneck High School. On this parcel of land they built the Richard Kemper Memorial Park in honor of their son, who was killed in action at Normandy on August 6, 1944. More than 100 Larchmont and Mamaroneck students fought and died in World War II. The park honors all those who sacrificed their lives in the fight for freedom during America’s wars. Every year, the Kemper Memorial Contest Committee holds a contest where students submit essays to read at the Memorial Day Tribute Ceremony. This year, students were asked to submit essays, poems, films, art, or musical compositions. The focus of all of the works this year was the importance of memorials in America. After thorough and thoughtful consideration, four winners were picked: Helene Graham ‘17, Tricia Ballard ‘18, Alia Shenasa ‘17 and Emily Morris ‘17. In addition to the winners, Emily Shen ’17, Kevin Sedjiu ’19 and Angel Athill ’19 were given honorable mentions for their fantastic work. The Kemper Memorial Park Contest is a great way to recognize our veterans and remember those who lost their lives in World War II.
By Marc Gowda