2019 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest
Fifth Place | Department of Wisconsin
$500 VFW Auxiliary Department of Florida Patriotic Art Scholarship

Bailey Iwen | 12th Grade
“My Guardian Angel”
Media: White Charcoal
Sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 1638 | Merrill, Wisconsin

My Son, a hero.
He sailed on, my son
He led the ship through the waves, no matter what was ahead
He was that brave soul among the USS Momsen

My son was the Navy Chief
When the going got tough, he got going
He was their leader
He would’ve taken pride in wearing his worthy high officer uniform
Be he couldn’t

Life doesn’t always go as planned, and his plan was cut short
To be strong in times of physical strife is not easy
To grieve is all we know
But I know that you were strong
The going got tough, and I lost you

I still know of your Navy Pride. I have my sorrow
You were my hero,
Now you are my guardian angel.
My son, Rise Above us all