Veterans Day Essay Contest 2009 Honda

Virginia War Memorial Seeks Entries For 2nd Annual Veterans Day Essay Contest, All Middle School and High School Students Throughout State Eligible To Enter

Posted: September 14, 2017 | Categories: Benefits News, Cemetery News, E&E News, News, Press Releases, VCC News, VVFS News

Contact: Morgan Guyer, VWM, 804.786.2060 (morgan.guyer@dvs.virginia.gov) or

Jeb Hockman, VDVS, 804.482.8497 (jeb.hockman@dvs.virginia.gov )

The Virginia War Memorial is seeking student entries for its Second Annual Veterans Day Essay Contest.

The contest is open to all middle and high school public, private and homeschooled students in Virginia with a winner chosen from each age group.  The theme of this year’s essay is “Home” or “Homecoming” – for American soldiers and veterans.

The writer of the winning essay in each category will receive a $250 prize courtesy of Haley BuickGMC of Midlothian.  The teachers of each winning student will also receive $100 for use in their classroom.

The two winning writers will also be invited to Richmond to read their essays aloud at the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11.

Essays should be 500-750 words in length and must be received at the Virginia War Memorial by 11:59 p.m., October 20, 2017.  All essays will be read and judged by members of the Virginia War Memorial staff and representatives of the sponsor, Haley BuickGMC.

Complete details about the Second Annual Virginia War Memorial Veterans Day Essay Contest are available at www.vawarmemorial.org/essaycontest.

“We are hoping to receive essays from every corner of the state,” said Morgan Guyer, Assistant Director of Education at the Virginia War Memorial. “This contest is an excellent opportunity to recognize and reward the best writing from Virginia’s middle and high school age students.”

About The Virginia War Memorial

The mission of the Virginia War Memorial is to Honor Veterans, Preserve History, EducateYouth and Inspire Patriotism in All.  Dedicated in 1956, the Memorial includes the names of nearly 12,000 Virginia men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the Global War on Terrorism. The Virginia War Memorial is a division of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and serves as an integral part of its mission in support of all Virginians who served or serve in our military forces. For more information, go to www.vawarmemorial.org .

About VDVS

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) operates 30 benefit offices throughout the state that assist military veterans and their families in filing claims for federal veterans benefits; two long-term care facilities offering nursing, assisted living, and domiciliary care for veterans; and three cemeteries that provide an honored final resting place for veterans and their families. VDVS provides veterans and family members with direct linkages to services including behavioral healthcare, housing, employment, education and other programs.  The Department also operates the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth’s monument to honor the memory and sacrifice of Virginia’s men and women who served and fought to defend our way of life from World War II to the present. For more information, please visit www.dvs.virginia.gov.

(Queens, NY) – Today, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) announced the start of New York’s 14th Congressional District Veterans Day student essay competition to pay tribute to the members of our armed forces. Now in its fourth year, the annual contest asks middle school students to write about what it means to commemorate the holiday. The winning essay will be entered by Crowley into the Congressional Record, while the second and third place finishers will receive congressional recognition.

“The sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform are not lost on our youth,” said Rep. Crowley. “Each year, I’m moved by the personal stories shared by students who come from military families, as well as the deep appreciation they have at such a young age for the work our service members do to keep us safe. This contest encourages students to pause and reflect on the contributions of our armed forces and it gives our youth a platform to express their gratitude.”

Entries for the competition are open to students in grades 6-8 who live in the 14th Congressional District. Essays must be received by Crowley’s Queens district office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. 

Additional guidelines for the contest include:

  • Essays should be no longer than 500 words.
  • Essays must be typed or written in black or blue ink.
  • Students must include their name, school, grade, and contact information on the essay.
  • Essays should be emailed to Crowley.Events@mail.house.gov ormailed/delivered to:

Office of Congressman Joseph Crowley

82-11 37th Avenue, Suite 402

Jackson Heights, NY 11372

For more information, please contact Rep. Crowley’s office at (718) 779-1400.

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