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Virginia War Memorial Seeks Entries For Third Annual Veterans Day Essay Contest - All Middle School and High School Students throughout State Eligible to Enter

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

The contest is open to all middle and high school public, private and homeschooled students in Virginia with a winning entry selected from each age group. As 2018 is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the official end of World War I, the theme of this year’s essay is “Impact” –  more specifically, the impact of World War I on Virginia’s soldiers, families, communities and/or culture.

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 his or her classroom.  The two winning writers will be invited to read his or her essay aloud as part of the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony in Richmond on Sunday, November 11, 2018. The Ceremony will be presented in association with the Virginia World War 1/World War II Commemoration Commission.

“Essays should be 500-750 words in length and must be received at the Virginia War Memorial by 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 21, 2018,” said Morgan Guyer, the Memorial’s Assistant Director of Education. “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 the entry rules and guidelines, are available online at or by contacting the Memorial at 804.786.2060.

The Third Annual Virginia War Memorial Veterans Day Essay Contest is sponsored by Haley BuickGMC of Midlothian,Virginia, which is providing the prizes for the winning entries.


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 the nearly 12,000 Virginia heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the Global War on Terrorism. Situated on nearly five acres overlooking the James River at 621 South Belvidere Street in Richmond, 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 in our military. More at

About VDVS

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) operates 31 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 in-patient skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s/memory care, and short-term rehabilitative care for veterans; and three cemeteries that provide an honored final resting place for veterans and their families.  DVS 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