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Virginia WWI & WWII Commission and Virginia War Memorial  Seek Entries For Armistice Day Student Art Contest

Elementary, Middle School & High School Public, Private & Homeschooled Students

From throughout Commonwealth Eligible to Enter


The Virginia World War I & World War II Commemoration Commission and the Virginia War Memorial are inviting students to participate in the World War I 100th Anniversary Student Art Contest.  The contest is open to all elementary, middle and high school age students in Virginia – public, private or homeschooled.

As November 11, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and referred to as “Armistice Day,” all entries should address the question, “How has World War I shaped Virginia and our world 100 years later?”  One winner will be chosen from each age category and each will receive a cash prize. The sponsoring teacher of each artwork winner will also receive a cash prize for classroom use.

All winning entries will be displayed in the Carillon at Byrd Park, Virginia’s official World War I Memorial, on Sunday, November 11, 2018 during the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony and Armistice Day Commemoration.

Digital entries and a completed information page must be received at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond by October 18, 2018 to qualify for judging. For more information, including submission deadlines, please visit .


About the Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission

The Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission was created by the Virginia General Assembly to plan, develop and carry out programs and activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II throughout the Commonwealth.  The Commission is chaired by Speaker of the House of Delegate M. Kirkland Cox.  For more information, visit

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