Caroline Gies, 5, Ian Schneeberger, 6, and Alexandra Martin, 7, are the winners of the Darien Memorial Day Parade Committee's second annual children's drawing contest.

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

All three children have been invited to march alongside town officials in the Memorial Day Parade, which steps off at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26.

"Congratulations to Caroline, Ian and Alexandra for their patriotic drawings of what Darien's Memorial Day Parade means to them," Selectman Susan Marks said. "This contest and our town parade give the entire community an opportunity to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our great country."

Gies is a pre-kindergarten student St. Thomas More Happiness Preschool. She drew a picture of herself wearing a yellow dress in front of the American flag reciting the Pledge of Allegiance on a picture-perfect day with sunshine and spring flowers.

Schneeberger is in kindergarten at Hindley Elementary School, and his drawing shows a marching band playing for the audience on the bleachers.

Martin is a second-grader at Tokeneke Elementary School. Her drawing depicts a Memorial Day parade carriage carrying Uncle Sam.