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2nd Annual
2009--Liberty Enlightening The World--2009
"Lincoln & Liberty"
Global Essay Contest
January 12th  - February 12th

Dear Friends..
 
Hard to believe it's been a year since
The 1st Annual
Liberty Enlightening The World
Lincoln & Liberty
Global Essay Contest.
 
That being the case,
it's time for
The 2nd Annual
 
Liberty Enlightening The World
Lincoln & Liberty
Global Essay Contest.
 
The rules are
"Exactly The Same"
except
"The Deadline"
has been extended to
February 9th.

However, 
"This Year's Theme"
is similar and yet
"Different"
 
Let me explain...
 
The contest is still called
Liberty Enlightening the World
Lincoln & Liberty
because
"That Is The Foundation"
but this year
three additional themes were added
due to a variety of circumstances.
 
The first,
"Lincoln Is The Key"
happened quite by chance while working on
The Inaugural Parade.
 
And speaking of which..
 

 
"The Spirit of the Lincoln Way"
made it's 3rd appearance,
which is of course why
"Things Are A Little Late"
 
Accordingly,
have been working on..
 

 
"The Trip Down Pennsylvania Ave"
aka
The Lincoln Highway
since the first of November
which included over 70 individuals
and 3 vehicles including this...
 

 
1918 Harley
and..
 

 
WWI Model T
which of course became
"All Consuming!!"
 
In any event,
during the course of events,
called a friend who I knew was working on
"An Inaugural Article"
for
The Scottish Rite Journal
and asked if he wanted to
"Ride Along"
and
"Get The Inside Story"
 
At the time,
"That Was My Only Thought"
but an off hand comment soon changed everything..
 
You see..
 
During the course of conversation,
he asked if I was going to use..
 

 
"The Liberty Key"
again that was in
"The 2005 Parade"
 
"The Liberty Key"
being
"The Bastille Key"
that was given to the Mason's by
General Lafayette in 1825.
 
Now...
 
I know what you're thinking,
"What does That Have to Do With Anything??"
 
Well...
 
Hard to believe,
but 4 years ago tripped across..
 

 
"The Liberty Key"
 

 
while visiting Mt Vernon.
 
That's it above my head..
 
And so...
 
As the story goes,
"The Liberty Key"
aka
"The Bastille Key" 
given to George Washington in 1790 by
General Lafayette
as..
 

 
 

 
"The Trophy of Liberty's Triumph Over Despotism"
to
"The Patriarch of Liberty!!"
 
Pretty Cool!!
 
But then...
 
Get this...
 
During the course of my research
turns out...
 
 
 
"A Second Key"
given by General Lafayette to the Masons
during his visit to America in 1825.
 
Both are known as
"Liberty Keys"
since they are both
"Keys To The Bastille"
 
Accordingly,
since the theme in 2005 was
"Liberty"
it seemed logical to
"Have The Two Keys On the Truck"
 

 
George Washington With The Mt Vernon Key
and
General Lafayette With The Mason's Key
 
And since my friend did an article about
"The Two Keys In the Parade"
it was a logical question,
which at the time caught me a little off guard.
 
Hmmm...
 
Never really thought about it...
 
But...
 
"Now That you mention it..."
 
It sounds like a good idea,
"Except There Has To Be A Reason"
 
So...
 
I told him,
"I'd Think About It"
and then
"Get Back to Him Later If Something Came To Mind!!"
 
Well..
 
Who knew
"2 Minutes Later"
"It Would All Come Together!!"
 
But it did..
 
You see..
 
I called another friend,
who had just recently completed
A Bibliography of Lincoln Material
and invited her to ride along as well..
 
I mentioned,
"The Key"
and she immediately said,
"Oh You Should Have Robert Be Lincoln"
 
Robert was of course
George Washington
in the 2005 parade
and could easily make arrangements for
"The Key"
to be used again..
 
And since he was now
Past Master of George Washington's Lodge
it made perfect sense that
"Lincoln Should Carry The Key"
because this was
The Lincoln Bicentennial Parade
and of course,
"Lincoln Is The Key!!"
 
Thus
"The First Part of the Theme"
 
Then...
 
Since this was
The Inaugural Parade
and
"The Theme"
was
"A New Birth of Freedom"
it seemed logical
"To Marry The Two Together"
since
"Lincoln Is The Key"
to
"A New Birth Of Freedom!!"
 
Thus...
 
"The Second Theme"
which was
"All Well And Good"
but
"There Was Still Something Missing"
 
It took a few days,
but then it came as well,
since 2009 is
The 60th Anniversary
of
The Boy Scouts
Nationwide Crusade
to...
 

 
"Strengthen The Arm of Liberty"
which took place on
February 12, 1949
aka
Lincoln's Birthday
at
 

 

 
"The Statue of Liberty In New York!!"
 
Pretty cool!!
 
This in turn led to...
 

 
"47,000 Crusaders"
and...
 

 
"Hundreds of Sisters of Liberty Statues"
erected all across the country.
 
So...
 
Needless to say,
"There's A Lot Going On"
that inturn led to
"This Years Theme"
 
Lincoln Is The Key
A New Birth of Freedom
Strengthening The Arm Of Liberty
 
So...
 
Hope this
"Explains A Few Things"
and
"Put Things Into Perspective"
so you can write
"A More Informed Essay!!"
 
If you have any questions,
let me know..
 
Warmest Regards,
 

 
Craig Harmon, Director
 
30 Days
January 12th
2009--Liberty Enlightening The World--2009
"Lincoln & Liberty"
Global Essay Contest
30 Days
February 12th











  Rules:

1. Topic
Lincoln & Liberty
2. Languge
English
3. Length
272 Words or Less
4. Format
Word or Word Perfect
5. Eligibility
Open To All
6. Entry Form
Name, address, Phone
Category, Age, Email

7. Deadline
February 05-Midnight
8. Submissions
Email Only
9.  Judge
Lincoln Highway Museum
10. Decisions

All Decisions Final
11. All Essays
Museum Has  Right To Publish





 6 Categories

1. Grade School
K-6 Grade
2. Junior High
7th - 8th Grade
3. High School
9th - 12th Grade
4. College
Freshman - Graduate
5. Middle Age
18 - 59
6. Seniors
60 Plus











Topic
Lincoln Is The Key
A New Birth Of Freedom
"Strengthening The Arm Of Liberty"





Original French Medal
Honoring Abraham Lincoln
after his death in 1865 as the
"Living Symbol of Freedom"
which was the catlyist for
"Liberty Enlightening the World"
aka
The Statue of Liberty




Winners Announced
February 12th
Following



National Lincoln Birthday Celebration
Lincoln Memorial
Washington, DC



Prizes Awarded

Grand Prize

1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
Honorable Mention




"Abraham Lincoln Was a Master of the English Language,
but his true mother tongue was liberty."

George Bush
White House Lincoln Birthday Celebration
February 12, 2005













  Rules:

1. Topic
Lincoln & Liberty
2. Language
English
3. Length
272 Words or Less

4. Format
Word or Word Perfect
5. Eligibility
Open To All
6. Entry Form
Name, address, Phone
Category, Age, Email

7. Deadline
February 05-Midnight
8. Submissions
Email Only
9.  Judge
Lincoln Highway Museum
10. Decisions

All Decisions Final
11. All Essays
Museum Has  Right To Publish




 6 Categories

1. Grade School
K-6 Grade
2. Junior High
7th - 8th Grade
3. High School
9th - 12th Grade
4. College
Freshman - Graduate
5. Middle Age
18 - 59
6. Seniors
60 Plus











Grand Prize
Winner
2008--Liberty Enlightening The World--2008
"Lincoln & Liberty"
Global Essay Contest
Grand Prize
Winner







Grand Prize Winner
Will Have Name Placed On




Rotating
Lincoln Trophy
Similar To This







1st Place
Winners
2009--Liberty Enlightening The World--2009
"Lincoln & Liberty"
Global Essay Contest
1st Place
Winners

1st Place Winners
Will Receive




"Obama Plate"
Similar To The Ones Received By



Presidential Parade Participants
on the

        

"Spirit of the Lincoln Way-Liberty Truck"

Additional
Prizes
2008--Liberty Enlightening The World--2008
"Lincoln & Liberty"
Global Essay Contest
Additional
Prizes

Grand Prize
1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
and
Honorable Mention
Will Receive




Special Certificate
Suitable for Framing



Additional Prizes
May Be Added
As They Become Available




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All Essays Must Be Received By
12 PM EST
February 09, 2009




All Essays Must Be In English & Include
Name, Address, Phone
Category, Age, Email



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