Caledonia 5th grader had her poem chosen from statewide entries to hang in Sen. Franken’s office

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Their assignment was to write a poem about a veteran in their life.

For Alicia Schroeder, she had two great options and had to pick.

“It was between my uncle J.J. and my grandpa,” she said.

She chose her uncle, who had served in Afghanistan.

“He lost a lot of good friends,” Schroeder said.

So she wanted to pay tribute to her hero who served.

As part of the assignment, Schroeder spelled out her feelings for her uncle and his service through her poetry.

“Celebrating the veteran in my life” was chosen out of hundreds of entrants from across the state.

Schroeder’s poem now hangs in Senator Al Franken’s office.

She was chosen as the winner of the sixth annual competition between 5th graders in the state of Minnesota.

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