VFW starting essay contest
Leon Williams Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4346 commander Benjamin Stanfield this week announced the kickoff of the VFW’s annual Patriot’s Pen youth essay competition.
Middle school students in grades 6-8 in this area have the opportunity to compete and win thousands of dollars in national awards, Stanfield said.
The VFW enacted the Patriot’s Pen competition in 1995 to encourage young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society by composing a 300-400-word patriotic-themed essay.
The theme for the 2018-19 competition is Why I Honor The American Flag.
Students begin by competing at the local post level.
Post winners advance to district competition with district winners advancing to the state competition.
State first place winners compete for their share of thousands of dollars in awards, and the national first place winner is awarded $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
Each year, more than 125,000 students participate nationwide.
Deadline for student entries is Oct. 31, and interested students and teachers should contact their local VFW Post 4346 by phone at 706-886-2283 or email the post at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans’ organization.
Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces.
With nearly 1.7 million VFW and auxiliary members located in nearly 6,400 posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans’ service organization is proud to proclaim “No One Does More for Veterans” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs.
For more information or to join, visit our website at www.vfw.org.