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

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, Educate Youth 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.