He received third place. The local post is sponsoring both programs again this year. Voice of Democracy is open to all high school students. During a community awards ceremony at the Beavercreek VFW last year, local winners read their essays to a room full of veterans and families.
Middle school students in grades in this area have the opportunity to compete and win thousands of dollars in national awards. The VFW enacted the Patriots Pen competition in to encourage young minds to examine America's history, along with their own experiences in modern American society by composing a to word patriotic-themed essay. The theme for the — competition is "What is Patriotism to Me? Students begin by competing at the local Post level. Post winners advance to District competitions with District winners advancing to the state competition. Each year, more than , students participate nationwide.
All entries must be submitted to Post by Midnight October 31, Download entry application. Help in preparing submissions is available by calling either Rick Davis at or Jim Hughes at Knowledge of the theme is worth 30 points.
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