Five-year-old Wyatt Robbins and 8-year-old Charlotte Ward are the winners of the Darien Memorial Day Parade Committee's inaugural children's drawing contest.

The contest encouraged children to show their patriotism and reflect on the significance of Memorial Day by creating original drawings. The winning artwork portrayed the children's spirit of patriotism in an age-appropriate manner.

In recognition of their efforts, both children have been invited to march in the Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 27.

"Congratulations to Charlotte and Wyatt for their wonderful drawings of what Darien's Memorial Day parade means to them," said First Selectman Jayme Stevenson. "I love that our parade brings the generations together to honor the brave men and women who have served our country."

Wyatt is a pre-kindergarten student at First Congregational Nursery School. His drawing depicts his favorite part of the parade -- the marching bands.

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Charlotte is a second-grade student at Hindley School. Her father is a volunteer for the Noroton Fire Department, and her drawing is of her father holding an American flag as he and his fire truck lead the parade.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. The Memorial Day ceremony will take place at the state Veterans Cemetery at the conclusion of the parade.