Lehighton American Legion Post 314 celebrated its 93rd birthday on Monday night by honoring a local police officer and 50 and 60 year members, and recognizing fourth grade winners of the essay/coloring contest.

Harry Wynn III, senior vice commander, served as master of ceremonies.

Honored as the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year was Daniel K. Magarelli, an officer with East Penn Township Police Department for the past two years.

Chief James Danner said that Magarelli was one of the finest police officers in the community.

Magarelli is from Palmerton and is also a part-time officer with Palmerton Police Department for the past six years.

Along with a plaque that recognizes Magarelli for his outstanding service to the community, he was presented a certificate from the Legion that commends him for his outstanding public service that benefits the community.

Also honored were members who attained 50 and 60 years of membership. Recognized for 60 years were Robert Balliet, Edward Zukasky, and Russell Remaley; and for 50 years, Edward Bair, Charles Heimbach, Calvin Nicholson and Robert V. McConnell.

Wynn then presented prizes to the student essay/coloring contest winners. The theme was "Our American Flag." Winners were, Seth Gower, a student at Shull David Elementary School and son of Jim and Kelly Gower; Jessica Haley, a student at Mahoning Elementary School and the daughter of Mike and Beth Haley; Aleah Nothstein, a student at Franklin Elementary School and daughter of Nicole and Chris Nothstein; Samantha Miller, a student at East Penn Elementary School and a daughter of Dana Miller and Dana Miller; and Connor Hanley, a student at St. Peter and Paul School and son of Dr. and Mrs. Patrick Hanley.

Seth's essay focused on the colors of the flag, while Jessica said that "The flag is the most important thing in my life. My dad was in the Navy and I love him for that. Aleah said that the first flag was sewed by Betsy Ross in 1776. Samantha said that the flag has stars and strips and that the flag has 50 stars. Hanley's essay noted that the flag is a remarkable historical piece of cloth that represents the American people living and dead.

Each student received a $50 bill as their prize.