Virginia War Memorial Seeks Entries for Third Annual Veterans Day Essay Contest


The Virginia War Memorial Foundation is seeking student entries for the Third Annual Veterans Day Essay Contest.

This year’s essay theme for the contest is “Impact.” Some questions to guide writers include “What was the impact of World War I in Virginia? How were Virginia soldiers, families, communities, and culture affected? How should we continue to observe and honor the Virginians impacted by the war, 100 years later?”

The contest is open to all middle and high school public, private and homeschool students in Virginia and a winning entry will be selected from each age group. Essays should be 500 to 750 words in length and must be received by the foundation by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 21.

The writer of the winning essay in each age category will receive a $250 prize and the teacher of each winning student will receive $100 for use in their classroom.

The two winning writers will be invited to read their essay aloud as part of the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony in Richmond on Nov. 11. The ceremony will be presented in association with the Virginia World War 1/World War II Commemoration Commission.

Morgan Guyer, the Memorial’s Assistant Director of Education, said in a press release,“This year, we again hope to receive entries from every corner of the state. This contest is an excellent opportunity to recognize and reward the best writing from our middle and high school age students.”

More information, including all the entry rules and guidelines, click here.


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