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Mead Hall student designs winning Memorial Day parade logo

May 2, 2019

The patriotic artwork of an eighth grader from Mead Hall Episcopal School will be seen all over town as part of the advertising for the annual Aiken Memorial Day Parade.

Budding artist Marin Wessel created the original artwork and design for this year’s parade logo, according to a news release from the parade planning committee. Her original drawing was chosen from more than a dozen submitted from all over Aiken County.

Wessel calls her depiction of a lone eagle, “Remember the Sacrifice.”

“The eagle symbolizes freedom for our nation,” said Wessel, who enjoys drawing animals. “I would like viewers to consider how we preserve our freedom in the United States.”

That sentiment resonated with members of the parade planning committee.

“This is a grassroots effort,” said Linda Caldwell, the director of the 2019 parade. “We want the entire community involved, especially our youth. We want them to understand the reason we observe Memorial Day. Marin’s poignant drawing helped us communicate the importance of Memorial Day.”

Caldwell and other organizers believe the eighth grader truly gets it, according to the release.

“Memorial Days is a time of remembrance when we mourn the lives lost for our country,” Wessel said. “It is important that we remember the unthinkable sacrifice that service men and women have made in order to protect us.”

Wessel’s artwork is displayed on parade posters, which can be seen in businesses’ windows all over town in anticipation for the parade May 25. The 2019 Memorial Day Parade will take place that day at 11 a.m. on Park Avenue and Laurens Street in downtown Aiken.

Veterans and military service organizations; area businesses; civic, community and youth organizations; schools; churches; and local bands can participate in the parade honoring the sacrifices and service of military members and their families.

Participation is free, but participants must register by May 15. For more information or to register, visit www.aikenmemorialdayparade.com or e-mail aikenmemorialdayparade@gmail.com.

Artists in kindergarten to 12th grade were encouraged to submit artwork depicting what Memorial Day means to them according to the release. The Aiken Memorial Day Parade Planning Committee received artwork from students enrolled in public and private schools and some who were home-schooled.

Some were students at Art Nook School and Studio and others were simply creative, without any formal training, according to the release.

Wessel has been painting and drawing for 13 of her 14 years. She also enjoys making costumes and caring for animals.